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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Investment in agriculture to increase crop yields and provide adequate amounts of food in problem regions
Stabilizing the political situation and ending military conflicts
Even and equitable distribution of available jobs
Raising the local population’s level of education and professional skills
Development of healthcare and improvement of living conditions