Nearly one in three people in India live below the nation’s poverty line, struggling to afford two full meals a day. This poverty line is so low—Rs. 32 per day in rural areas and Rs. 47 in urban areas—that it has been called a “line of destitution or starvation”.
Faced with the risk of starving, every family member has to labor hard just to survive. Without the skills needed for a steady job, many rely on daily wages from whatever work they can find on a given day. Children stunted by heavy work can only imagine the luxury of going to school, getting enough food to eat or going to the doctor when they are sick.
As kids grow up, they slowly realize that without education they will never earn more than the meager daily wages their parents or grandparents made. They concede to the cycle of poverty, which is only picking up speed as the population grows.
We provide gifts that empower hard-working families to receive a regular income and rise above the poverty line. Something as simple as a rickshaw can provide enough income for parents to feed their kids nutritious food, send them to school and treat them when they are sick. These children can then progress toward a better future and contribute to national growth. High-Impact Gifts Include: Sewing machines, Livestock, Carpentry tools, Rickshaws, Agricultural equipment.
We also offer free vocational training such as tailoring courses to impoverished community members, especially women who have never had the opportunity to learn a trade. Vocational training units are often coupled with other projects like Bridge of Hope, contributing to the holistic education and development of an entire community.