Facts about India and poverty
Approximately 300 million people in India are classified as living below the poverty line.
India accounts for 50 percent of the world’s hungry. Over 46 percent of Indian children are undernourished
Over 1.5 million children continue to die every year before their first birthday. Across India 74 children died before they reached the age of five for every 1,000 live births in 2005-06 as compared to 125 in 1990. At this rate India is likely to miss the target of reducing these figures to 42 for 1,000 live births by 2015.
With just three years to the 2015 deadline for achieving the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, Indai as a whole will not be on track for a majority of the targets related to poverty, hunger, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability unless concerted national efforts are made by government and all sections of civil-society working in tandem.
However, India has been successful in getting children into primary school, in providing access to water and in conserving environmental resources.
Wings of Hope’s impact
Since 2004, The Wings of Hope has continually supported over 360 students at the school in Chromepet in South India, or providing just under 3,000 students an education every year.
Many of the students have gone onto be very successful in their academic pursuits, with several achieving top marks in national exams. The school’s focus is on achieving excellence across a range of skills.
Many of the students have competed on an all-India national level in competitions of science, yoga, and computer science.
Watch student diaries from the WOHAA visit to the school we support in India here.