In cities across India, thousands live in slums or on the streets, and in rural areas, a lack of critical infrastructure and education holds communities back from improving their situation. More than two thirds of adults cannot read and write, whilst almost 1 in 2 children in India do not attend secondary school.

In a country where around a fifth of the population rely on agriculture to earn a living, the risk of flooding and climate-related disasters is an ever-present threat. Almost half of children are underweight and with a lack of nutrients, children’s ability to concentrate in class or even attend school is severely affected. Violence against women and girls is also an area of primary concern with social attitudes and a lack of female socio-economic empowerment trapping women and girls in abusive relationships and a lifetime of poverty.

For many people in India life can be particularly challenging:

  • More than 1 in 10 children across India work (UNICEF, 2013)
  • 48% of children suffer from stunting (UNICEF, 2013)
  • 3 out of every 5 people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities (WHO/UNICEF, 2015)
  • 25% of the world’s undernourished population live in India (UN World Food Programme, 2017)

Islamic Relief in India

Islamic Relief has been working in India since 1994, and provided emergency relief following several emergencies including the 1999 Orissa cyclone, the Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and 2004’s devastating tsunami.

As well as emergency relief, including running camps, community kitchens and rescue teams, Islamic Relief is also working in the slums to provide long-term solutions to some of the millions stuck in a cycle of poverty. We support vocational training programmes in the slums, which provides key skills to people, increasing their chances of gaining employment and thus earn a living to support their families. We also implement an education programme in Uttar Pradesh, to give individuals the best chance at a brighter future.

As well as these ongoing development projects, we also support more than 1,000 children through orphan sponsorship, which provide orphans with school equipment and medical care and conduct Ramadan and Korban food distributions each year in remote areas of the country as well as the major cities.

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