|The sun shines bright on pristine beaches however,
the heartbreaking reality for most Grenadians
is a life marked by poverty, addiction and abuse.
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RANKING FOR MOST ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION (per person) IN THE CARIBBEAN
RANKING FOR MOST CASES OF EXTREME POVERTY IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN
PERCENTAGE OF THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY ON OUR SIDE OF THE ISLAND
RANKING FOR MOST ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION (per person) IN THE WORLD
PERCENT OF THE POOR POPULATION ARE YOUTH
According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) 66% of the alcohol consumed
is liquor such as rum. In fact, there are over 5 rum factories on the island alone.
According to the W.H.O., substance abuse is "epidemic" with the average
Grenadian man drinking near fatal amounts of alcohol per year.
Most families live "from day to day". In fact, we know of
multiple people that sleep in the woods behind our house.
Since kids make up most of the general population, that means
most of those living in poverty are unfortunately kids.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.) despite overall wage
increases and a rise in tourism, unemployment and poverty remain extremely high.
RANKING FOR MOST CASES OF RAPE CRIME IN THE WORLD
According to the W.H.O., "sexual coercion begins at an early age for Caribbean
children, the first sexual experience of most young girls is often forced...
as is the case for over 42% of girls below the age of 12."
PERCENT OF "POST-SECONDARY EDUCATED" LIVE OFF THE ISLAND
According to the United Nations, Grenada has the second highest emigration
rate in the region. A two-minute conversation with any kid reveals the
common desire, of every Grenadian child, to one day leave the island.
PERCENT OF “Heads Of Households" HAVE ONLY PRIMARY LEVEL EDUCATION
According to the U.N.D.P., although the literacy rate is reported at 96%, the functional
ability to actually read is quite low. Also, low teacher qualification remains endemic.
|The world is always changing,
and as it does stats, numbers
and rankings will rise and
fall and come and go...
But the people those numbers
represented still remain.
|When Jesus saw the crowds, he had
compassion for them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep
without a shepherd. Then he said to his
disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but
the laborers are few; therefore pray
earnestly to the Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into his harvest.”
|Therefore if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creature;
the old things passed away;
behold, new things have come.
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