It is morally abhorrent that poverty afflicts the lives of more than 1.3 billion people in a world so richly endowed with abundance.
—Religions for Peace World Council statement
For three decades, Religions for Peace has worked with religious leaders to advocate for better government policies regarding the poor; to fight against malnutrition and preventable disease; and to develop programs for communities of faith to eradicate poverty at every level.
Religions for Peace has taken on perhaps the most crucial development-related challenge of our time: the AIDS pandemic in Africa and its effects on millions of children and families. The Hope for African Children Initiative addresses the social, medical, educational, and financial crises that have resulted from the AIDS devastation of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for the more than 13 million children who have lost one or both parents to the disease.
Religions for Peace has begun working with religious communities on the critical Millennium Development Goals (MDG). These goals are a compact among nations and present an achievable plan to combat global poverty, which kills 30,000 children every day.