January Focus: India
We’re continuing our Strong Women, Strong World country series, focusing on one country a month. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For January, our focus is India.
India has the world’s 12th largest economy, yet more than 80 percent of Indians (that’s 700 million) live on less than $2 a day. According to the World Food Program, about 25 percent of the world’s hungry live in India and around 40 percent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished. Forced labor is a significant problem in India. Millions of men, women, and children are held in debt bondage and forced to work in brick kilns, rice mills, embroidery factories, and other industries. Women and children are also vulnerable to human trafficking.
World Vision has been working in India since 1953, launching several projects during the 1990s to address the concerns of bonded child labor, street children, AIDS awareness, rehabilitation of commercial sex workers, and the prevention of female infanticide. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 65,500 children.
Stories in this series: