Why South Asia?

 

 

 

ABOUT INDIA:

Population

  • 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

Poverty

  • 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 South Asia, including education, women empowerment, church planting, life skills training, and disaster relief.