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Poverty in India
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Global impact of the poverty in India
Poverty is a big issue in India and the government knows that. They have been working hard to push poverty out of India with anti-poverty policies established in the 1950's and the effects lasted about 20 years. Poverty went from 60% to 35% in the next 20 years but since then the efforts have gone the other way. Statistics show a lot of Indians don't have access to fundamental needs like shelter, water and schools. Another problem is that when counting the poor a big amount of minority ethnic tribes and women are not counted. The problem is that India needs to recognize the problem before we can address it! How can you tackle an issue if it doesn't officially exist? Everyone wants to help because almost 60% of the worlds poverty is in India and therefore is a big part of the worlds population in general also.
With everyone's help we can do it!
A couple things that can be improved with help and time:
1. Employment Opportunities
More jobs means more people making a solid income to fulfill their fundamental needs.
2. Small Scale Industries
Anti-poverty policies and industries in rural areas can create more positive jobs with better conditions.
3. Land Reforms
Getting rid of land owners and hard labor intensive jobs will restrict bad working conditions and work towards the motto "The land belongs to the tiller"
4. Better Security Programs
Acts like Maternity Benefit Act and Workman's Compensation Act can protect those in poverty from bad conditions and unsanitary places.
5. Spread of Education
Educated people lead to evolution and developing in a country and in the world. Education brings the best out of our minds and spirits and that could really uplift the world bringing more great people from new places.
Free the Children
International charity helping children break the cycle of poverty
They believe children should be free to achieve their full potential as agents of change. Free the Children want to remove obstacles that stop the youth from getting a good education, living a healthy life and escaping poverty. This enterprise works towards these goals in many countries from Latin America to Africa and Asia.
Poverty and Diabetes
Dukhni Bai's Story
Dukhni Bai was 36 when she was diagnosed with diabetes. Normally, her and her husband barely get by with a meal a day getting paid barely 2$ daily. Dukhni Bai works in the fields of her village, bent over at the waist growing rice throughout the many seasons. Her husband works plowing rice and making it edible. Feeding three children, a mother and the both of them hasn't been easy but it gets even harder when two incomes become one. On top of that, the cost to treat a diabetes patient is 20$ a month - a fortune to them. When the husband was asked how he copes, he answered after a long pause, that's a good question. This is just one example of the extreme poverty in India and many other countries in the world. They are deeply impacted by India's poverty and are not the only ones who struggle.
Find out more!
Poverty in India
Contemporary Global Concerns - By: Viveka Sainani
The Problem - Poverty
Poverty is a big issue covering almost half the world. People in poverty live on less than 2.5$ every day. A lot of these people are not even eating one meal a day and about a third of them are illiterate. How did these people become victims of poverty? There are many causes like natural disasters, corruption in the government, overpopulation, lack of education, prejudice and inequality.
There is approximately one third of India's population (1.1 billion people) living in poverty and they continue to struggle in the developing world. The poorest parts include the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. 34% of the world's poor live in India, Bihar is the poorest of all the states having more than 8% of the population living in extreme poverty. India lives in poverty mostly due to overpopulation, illiteracy and gender inequality. This is only the tip of the Iceberg! Find out what people are doing to help beneath the surface.
Our Focus - India
21,000 children die every day in the world
1 in 2 children in the world live in poverty
400 million people in the world have no access to safe water and 270 million have no access to health services
58% of kids in India under 5 are stunted (brains are permanently effected by malnutrition)
35% of indians are illiterate
More than 20 million children are not in school
History - Free the Children
Craig and Marc Kielburger
Successes and Failures
Canadian Co-founders of Free the Children and Me to We
Craig was 12 when he saw an article in the Toronto Star about a boy, who was also 12, and had been sold into slavery when he was 4. This boy lost his life trying to defend the rights of children. Craig brought the story to school that morning and asked his class who would help. A few of his classmates came together to make the beginning of Free the Children. From there, Craig and his brother, Marc, founded this enterprise and helped it grow to what it is today and continue to fuel their company.
Since 1995, 650 and more schools and school rooms have been built, 30,000 women with economic self-sufficiency, 16,000,000 and more dollars worth of medical supplies, etc. have been made possible thanks to Free the Children. They have also made a change here in North America, where now 97% of students believe they can make a difference and 90% feel they are responsible for social justice issues. Free the Children continue to impact poverty in a positive way with very few bumps in the road!
50% of Indians don't have good shelter
70% don't have access to clean toilets
35% of households don't have water nearby
85% of villages don't have secondary schools
more than 40% of those villages don't have roads connecting them to a school
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Free the Children was founded in 1995 and in those 20 years they have helped more than 20 countries in the world and keep growing everyday. Children under 18 in the organization, vote on policies and projects and are spokespersons for the organization. 100,000 children and more participate in Free the Children and more too come! The enterprise has increased students attendance in Lai, India but 222% and now 91% of the homes in Salabwek, Kenya have healthy water usage habits at home! Other stats include, more than 45 countries have programs and projects in the works, 2,300,000 youth with their programming, etc. As you can see Free the Children have a long history of breaking the cycle of poverty in many countries.