India is emerging as a power on the world stage, and yet poverty is a significant problem across the country. Figures from 2016Citation show that over 50% of India’s wealth is owned by just 1% of the population. For India’s poorest people, life is very tough. Actual numbers are endlessly disputed, but probably around a quarter of the population – an estimated 300 million people – still live below an extremely low poverty line.
13-year-old *Siri loves reading and enjoys borrowing library books. Living with her single mother, she helps collect water every day.
Siri’s mother recently started a job and works long days, returning home late. The two of them prepare dinner for the family before retiring for bed. Dreaming of a brighter future is difficult in Siri’s situation, but this year she began studying sciences and now aspires to study medicine at university.
What are the challenges for India?
Grinding poverty and illiteracy. Hunger. Limited job opportunities. Lack of access to health care, good sanitation and clean water… and more. A studyCitation of poverty in Kolkata’s slums showed households with children suffered significantly higher levels of deprivation than those without children, putting children at particular risk.
What is Global Care doing about poverty in India?
We know that education for India’s poorest children is the best way to lift them out of poverty. Calcutta Emmanuel School (CES) is an English-medium school with a reputation for academic excellence. Admission is reserved for the poorest children of Kolkata’s slums, and there are no fees. Students receive a free meal at lunchtimes, uniforms and shoes, and a free annual health check.
Global Care sponsors more than 70 children at CES, helping them access a top-quality education, and all the life opportunities which education brings to a child and their wider family.
The school’s vision is to create ‘a transformed community of underprivileged and marginalised children, who, in turn, will bring about change and development in their own communities’. For almost 30 years our partners at CES have seen this transformation take place, again and again.
What can you do to help?
Why not sponsor a child in India? Our partners have seen the significance of sponsorship for many children over the years, with the education that sponsorship enables releasing them from the poverty cycle. £25 a month gives a child all they need to enable them to learn and succeed – and not just for themselves. Their whole family benefits, and in turn the future of their community is transformed.
You can also become a partner with Emmanuel School. By supporting the school, you’ll be building into the work they are doing amongst the poorest children in Kolkata. You’ll enable them to keep delivering excellent education in a healthy, supportive environment. Regular gifts of £18 per month gives Emmanuel School the stability they need to continue investing in this community.