Help Save Children in India

India is the world’s largest democracy and a global center of technology and finance. But there is a huge gap between the wealth and those living in poverty. 12% of children are forced to work instead of going to school – some of them in hazardous environments like coal mines, factories and selling food on the streets. What’s worse, India has the highest rate of child mortality, a shocking 48 out of 1000 of children die before they turn five.

The Challenge for Children in India

No other country sees as many children die from preventable and treatable causes. Children in India need your help so they can have a healthy start in life.*

  • 22% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 26 dies before their 5th birthday - 6times that of the United States
  • 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 20% of school-age children are out of school
  • 12% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 15% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 40 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 39% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of India

Our Work for Children in India

Although there is more wealth in India than ever before, it hasn’t fully translated into healthcare, education or better nutrition for the poor. Save the Children India is bringing healthcare to the impoverished areas of India, and we’re pioneering new ways of reaching communities to help treat malnutrition and prevent deaths.

In 2017, Save the Children provided disaster relief to the thousands of families suffering after monsoons caused massive flooding, landslides and damage. Over 11,000 villages in the Assam, Bihar and West Bengal states were submerged, forcing more than 1 million people to seek shelter. We distributed hygiene supplies and household kits, and created child-friendly spaces to help protect children from harm and promote their well-being. We are still working to provide supplies like food, water and educational supplies to those in need. Although the floodwaters have receded, the damage and challenges that Indian children face will continue to be our priority – in times of crisis and every day.

  • Protected 410,138 children from harm
  • Supported 225,421 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 183,479 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 3,247 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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