DID YOU KNOW?
India is home to the world’s largest film industry. The country also has a strong local film scene, producing films in many different regional languages.
Our partnerships in India
In 10 countries, including India, we invest in the lives of children and youth to build the healthy environments they need to find a path out of poverty. With your help, these programs make an impact on their lives and help them envision a future they never thought possible. Below are some of the challenges facing children in India and the ways we partner to create lasting change in these communities. We also partner with the government, supporting and promoting their initiatives and helping strengthen government outreach.
Crowded and difficult living conditions often make life much more challenging for those living in the disadvantaged communities of India. The National Health Portal of India reported in 2019 that nearly 7 in 10 cases of communicable illness are due to acute respiratory infections.*
Access to regular health care services gives sponsored children a real advantage over their less-fortunate peers. Youth Health Corps members are making a meaningful difference, training their peers on proper health and hygiene and providing basic first aid in their communities. They’re also vocal supporters for gender equality and actively oppose early marriage.
sponsored children and youth received at least one exam from a partner clinic
The importance of health care
Children struggling with health issues often fall behind in school, fail to catch up and drop out. Health issues early on can have lasting effects on a child’s life, continuing a cycle of generational poverty.
The Indian educational system is among the largest in the world, with more than 1.5 million schools and 250 million children.* The nation has made great strides in recent decades toward improving access to education, boosting school enrollment rates and in reducing the number of out-of-school children.* Among the more disadvantaged communities where we work, dense populations can create staffing and resource issues for overburdened schools. Adding to their educational hurdles, these children often grow up in families without an adult who completed their education, making support and assistance more difficult to access.
Early Childhood Development programs help bridge the "readiness gap" for children in neglected communities. Play-based, experiential, child-friendly lessons provide optimal development to increase their learning capacity. Scholarships allow determined youth to continue their schooling or learn vocational skills.
For the second
year in a row,
of tutoring students were able to finish their school year and move up to the next grade level
The importance of education
Children who fall behind in school are likely to drop out due to a lack of hope or confidence they will ever catch up to their peers. Lacking a full education increases the likelihood of them being forced into the informal work sector; or falling under the influence of negative social forces. Education is essential to helping children forge a path out of poverty, empowering them to create brighter futures for themselves.
With few formal job sector opportunities and limited access to job training and career readiness counseling, underprivileged children will likely continue the cycle of generational poverty into which they are born. Delhi and Kolkata have many jobs available, but only skilled workers can find formal work. Employment programs help ensure poverty doesn’t hold back talented, hard-working youth from finding good jobs.
Career Readiness Centers prepare youth for the workplace with career counseling, résumé writing instruction, mock job interviews, exposure visits to local companies, job fairs and motivational talks from other successful youth and business professionals. ESL (English as a Second Language) education helps youth find better jobs because English is a language often used in corporate workplaces.
was the average program completion rate across the three major employability programs among participating youth.
The importance of employment
Children and youth cannot escape poverty without finding stable, long-term employment. Many children in India's program don’t have the basic skills to begin an employment search. How do you fill out a résumé? Where do you look for jobs? How do you speak to an employer? Employment readiness programs prepare youth to find gainful jobs and forge a path away from poverty.
Community centers worldwide are hubs for activity and achievement as well as safe havens for children to learn and grow.
Youth Resource Center
A four-story center dedicated to serving the needs of Kolkata’s growing youth population provides safe spaces, positive mentors and ample room to accommodate the large groups of adolescents participating in programs. This unique, modern building is strategically centered between two other partner community centers. At-risk youth living in underprivileged conditions have access to empowerment programs, such as Emotional Well-Being, Youth Leadership, tutoring and organized sports. Older youth can prepare for the future, with opportunities to engage in Into Employment® Career Readiness, scholarship activities and other programs designed to prepare them for a life of financial independence.