Estimates vary, but some say up to a half of India’s children do not go to school. Many take on jobs or work informally to support their families. More than 20 million of them live in slums across India. These children are extremely vulnerable; facing extreme poverty and with limited access to support services, they are easily pressed into child labor, begging, substance abuse, early marriage, or prostitution. They also face severe health risks. In India, 20% of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due to acute malnutrition, which has lasting negative effects on their growth and development. And, immunization rates are low by international standards.
While the task can seem daunting, we know that enabling children to get an education, increasing their access to health care, and improving the prospects for their mothers and families, has profound impact.
Children’s Hope India supports a range of initiatives that strategically tackle the many challenges that children and families face. We look at the most dire needs in communities and respond accordingly—supporting projects ranging from pre-school “balwadis” to mobile health vans to gender awareness workshops. Since our founding in 1992, we have reached out to thousands of children and families, changing lives and offering new possibilities. View our Projects here.
In addition to funding projects in India, Children’s Hope India supports local programs on Long Island and in the New York Metropolitan Area.See all Local Projects
Children’s Hope India believes that every child should be able to get an education, a central guiding principle of our work.See all Education
The services we support range from informing parents about nutrition and hygiene to providing eye exams and lifesaving heart surgeries.See all Medical
When unexpected crises like hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods strike, Children’s Hope India steps in to lend a helping hand.See all Relief
We help prepare the young adults in our projects enter the modern work force by offering training in everything from sewing to information technology.See all Vocational Training