India Children

About India

India is the world's largest democracy, a global center of technology and finance, the home of megacities Delhi and Mumbai, and a driving force in the world economy. But despite its exponential rate of economic growth, millions of children are being left behind. No other country in the world sees as many children die from preventable and treatable diseases as India. Many children below the age of 14 work in hazardous occupations – mining, selling food on the streets, and domestic labor. There is more wealth in India than ever before, but it has not yet translated into healthcare, education or better nutrition for the poor.

Facts About

More than 1.3 Billion
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years

52 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $4 a day

Our Work

Since becoming an independent organization, Save the Children India has since achieved the following successes:

  • Across the country, we're inspiring influential public figures to help us put an end to needless child deaths.
  • We're taking healthcare to the impoverished areas of India and have pioneered new ways of reaching communities with simple solutions to malnutrition and child and maternal deaths.
  • We're working in nearly 2,000 communities to shift attitudes towards child labor in agriculture, which employs a third of India's working children.

    Our Work in

    Last Year, Save the Children...

    protected 237,196
    from harm

    supported 128,009
    in times of crisis

    provided 171,291 children
    with a healthy start in life

    Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

    Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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