More than 2.1 mln children in Poland at risk of poverty

Over 2.1 million children in Poland are at risk of poverty, some 20 percent of families in the “Szlachetna Paczka” (Noble Gift) program do not have a bathroom in the house, and in every fifth family the monthly income per person does not exceed PLN 200, the “Report on poverty” published by Szlachetna Paczka has found.

The report also shows that in every third large family included in the Noble Gift program, at least three children live in one room, and in 26 percent of large families, at least one child is disabled. In addition, every tenth family cannot afford to pay for school trips, and one in forty is unable to buy any toys, new clothes or books.

The Noble Gift program is a charity initiative that collects donations from the public to give to the poorest families in Poland.

The report was based on interviews which 12,000 Noble Gift volunteers carried out with those in need during last year’s edition of the program. In total they visited more than 35,000 families.

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