Why South Asia?


South Asia is ripe for harvest. As the second most populous nation in the world with approximately 1.32 billion people, India needs faithful laborers to do the Lord’s work. STEP International is taking on that challenge, particularly in the Northern regions of India. To get an idea of the vast size of this harvest field, look at the statistics below:




  • 7thlargest country in the world by area
  • 2ndmost populous country
  • 32 billion people with 17 million in New Delhi
  • Women: 536 million (48.5%) Men: 624 million (51.5%)
  • 40% of India’s population is below the age of 18


  • 6% of the world’s poorest people live in India
  • 22% of Indians live in poverty
  • 276 million people live on less than $1.25USD per day
  • 80% of India’s poor live in rural areas
  • Orissa has 14 million people in poverty

Quality of Life

  • Life expectancy is 68.3 years
  • Infant mortality rate is 34.6
  • 287 million people are illiterate
  • India is ranked 123rdout of 135 countries in female literacy
  • 3 million female sex workers with 35% entering the trade before the age of 18
  • 2 million children are involved in prostitution
  • 35+ million of India’s children between ages 6 and 14 do not attend school
  • 50%+ of girls fail to enroll in school
  • 17 million Indian children work outside the home
  • 90% of working children are in rural areas
  • 80% of working children are in agriculture


Would you help us change the trajectory of India? We work in a myriad of ways throughout Northern India, including education, women empowerment, church planting, life skills training, and disaster relief.