Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Charity

Kaspersky Lab is involved in a large number of charity projects, as well as collaborating with charitable foundations on a regular basis. We always try to find those who need help the most, and go where specific help is needed. Kaspersky Lab most often supports orphans, people with developmental disabilities, and people with serious or terminal medical conditions.

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Charity

Kaspersky Lab supported seven charitable foundations in 2015. The Lab cooperates consistently with the charities The Gift of Life , Downside Up , Perspektiva , Pilgrim and Wings For All. The Lab provides more than money to the first three charities on this list: KL employees actively participate in joint charity events with these organizations. Kaspersky Lab is an important financial donor for Pilgrim , Wings For All , The National Social Foundation and My Mio Foundation.

Kaspersky Lab sponsors promising chess players and athletes: these include chess grand master Mikhail Antipov and FIDE masters candidate Andrey Tsvetkov, as well as competitive pool player Ruslan Chinakhov, an international sports master and one of the most-awarded European pool players.

Kaspersky Lab equipped the Udolmlya orphanage with a modern playground, a library, and a computer classroom, as well as offices for a speech therapist and a psychologist.

The company provided 1,862 product licenses to charities and end users as part of its charitable activities in 2015.

Kaspersky Lab has assumed responsibility for the cost of water for water coolers and Internet traffic for the Andrey Kolmogorov Boarding School, the Russian school with the highest number of science conference prize winners and math, computer science, physics, astronomy, chemistry and biology Olympiad winners.

Kaspersky Lab employees competed in eight charity sports events during 2015, with the collected donations going to support special-needs children.







1.9 US$ a Day

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Charity

What we need to know
about poverty in the 21st century

Concerted efforts worldwide to eradicate poverty have been going on for decades, but the current statistics are still pretty dire. More than 800 million people are starving and living with poor sanitation, which creates a hotbed for epidemics and extremism, becoming a major problem for the global community. Why does the world have so many poor people, where are they concentrated, and how can we help them? BRAC, a major global non-profit committed to eliminating poverty has a good understanding of these issues and is working on the answers. Does BRAC have any chances of success, and is it possible to rid the world of mass poverty?







What
is BRAC

BRAC is the largest non-profit organization in the world, both by number of employees (120,000) and by the number of people it is helping. As many as 138 million poor people living in 12 countries, mostly in Asia and Africa, are receiving support from BRAC through protection of their civil rights and freedoms, social and economic engagement, education and healthcare, business development and preparation for various natural disasters. The organization provides legal support and microlending to small agricultural and retail businesses and individuals. BRAC has been using Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business since 2015 to protect its networks in nine of the countries where it operates. Now, financial services will be secure and safe to use for the benefit of individuals, micro businesses and communities, well protected against cyber attacks and associated problems.







What
is poverty

Why it is bad
for everyone

The World Bank (or the IBRD), an international group of financial organizations established to fight poverty and the consequences of wars, has determined that the minimum amount of money sufficient to provide food, clothing and housing for an average person on Earth in 2015 is equivalent to 1.9 US$ a day. More than 10% of all people on Earth live below this threshold, struggling to survive on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for many this is a losing battle: 21,000 people in poor countries die every day of hunger alone.

It would be a mistake to think that poverty is a problem only for the poor themselves. For example, two-thirds of HIV positive people in the world are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since the end of World War II, the countries with the lowest income per-capita have been the main hotbed of armed conflict, terrorism and piracy.







Where there
is more poverty

The situation with poverty is improving quickly. One person in five used to live on less than 1.25 US$ a day in 1990; now the number is one in ten. The main reason for this improvement is rapid economic growth in Asia and Latin America. It has helped to cut the number of the world’s poor by 70% in 25 years, tripling the size of the global «middle class» — people living on more than 4 US$ a day, who now account for more than half of the global population. Whereas before 1990 half of the Asian population lived below the poverty line, now only 15% are in that category. The worst poverty still persists in Africa, which now accounts for half of all the poor people in the world.







Some possible ways
to fight poverty

Simply relying on a future economic boom to take care of poverty would be rather reckless, which is why the UN, the World Bank and organizations like BRAC have come up with a number of actions which can significantly improve the living standards in distressed countries. Here are five of the main ones:







1

Investment in agriculture to increase crop yields and provide adequate amounts of food in problem regions

2

Stabilizing the political situation and ending military conflicts

3

Even and equitable distribution of available jobs

4

Raising the local population’s level of education and professional skills

5

Development of healthcare and improvement of living conditions

The UN set the goal
in 2015 of completely
eliminating poverty
on the planet by 2030