Child Poverty

Child Poverty

Despite the recent news stories highlighting the growth in India's economy, and the new wealth this is creating, the need to help India's children is becoming even more important. Child labour is a massive problem in India and in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in particular.

Economic deprivation and an inadequate education infrastructure mean sending a child out to work from as young as six is an all too acceptable option for rural families in particular.

More than half the children in this state drop out of school before finishing seventh grade.

The Andhra Pradesh government says it is taking measures to combat the high attrition rates.  Some government initiatives such as free books for primary schoolchildren, a free mid-day meal and the installation of toilets have gone some way to improving school attendance.

But an MV Foundation official, Shanta Sinha, says there is a great difference between what the government says it is doing and what is happening on the ground.

The resources are not going where they should. There aren't enough teachers and they're under-qualified. In one school there are 300 students and only two teachers.

The state government estimates that nearly 400,000 children of primary age are not regularly attending school, but the MV Foundation disputes this figure, estimating closer to four million are not regularly in classes.

HEAL is committed to helping as many children as possible escape the poverty trap in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and currently help educate over 1,000 children. We are hoping to develop other projects in the future should sufficient funds be in place to meet the requirements of multiple projects.

Our goal is to expand over the coming years with further projects in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with the aim of helping up to 10,000 children escape the poverty trap by 2020. Its only a small percentage of the overall child population, but very important nevertheless.