One out of four children in the country faces impacts their development and life prospects due to exposure to poverty. More than 100,000 children currently live in a situation of poverty or deprivation.
Many of these children face the risk of impaired brain and physical development. In fact, poverty-facing children are as much as four times more likely to be stunted i.e. to be shorter, compared to the average height for their age.
But it doesn’t stop there. Poverty can also harm children through the negative effects it has on their families. For instance, children from poor families are more exposed to violent forms of disciplining and more likely to be married before their 18th birthday. Poverty also creates and widens achievement gaps; only one out of 300 children living in poverty goes to pre-school, and only 2/3 of children coming from poor families finish high school. These are all factors that cripple the chances of children and their parents to break the cycle of poverty.