Have you ever known?
- 40% of India's population are children.
In India, 50% of children aged 6-18 do not go to school.
- The common reasons given by 3 out of four drop-outs for leaving school are
- High cost of private education
- Need to work to support their families
- No interest in studies.
- Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V - its 50% for boys, 58% for girls.
- 25% of its population is still illiterate; only 15% of Indian students reach high school, and just 7% graduate.
- 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate.
- 3% of India's children are mentally/physically challenged.
- 50 million children are working under the age of 14 and being paid wages as meager as Rs. 20 (approximately 0.45 USD) per day.
- Only 53% of habitation has a primary school and only 20% of habitation has a secondary
- There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15
years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years.
- UNICEF's latest data on children's situation http://www.unicef.org/india/media_2460.htm
It is unlikely for us to know the statistics of these issues but we would certainly be aware of their prevalence in the society. We sympathize with the homeless children on streets, who cannot even afford one meal a day or fully clad clothing. Many a time our sympathies could have ended in resentment towards the system or regret for our inability to do anything for these little innocent victims. How long will we hold regret, sympathies and resentment for this state? It is high time we realize the power of our capability - 'we can surely make a difference from where we are and with what we have'.
Our contributions for the society towards any noble cause could be three dimensional- i.e. dimensions being- our time, effort and funds. In India, since there are countless underprivileged children, our contribution could be still considered a drop in ocean. Nevertheless, collective efforts can counteract the major social evils, poverty and illiteracy, that are curbing the all-round development of the future of our country- children.
TrueIndia(TI) is a voluntary organization working for the welfare of underprivileged children. TI supports many grass root level organizations in India that serve in various domains like education, health care and welfare of underprivileged children.
"We deem what we do not as help but responsibility of bringing a change for good in the society- no matter how insignificant it apparently could be."