India’s economy has improved greatly in recent years, along with many human development indicators such as literacy rates, life expectancy and health conditions. A larger middle-class has emerged; however, poverty persists, deep and prevalent. One-third of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day, accounting for approximately 1/3 of the world’s poor. Poverty hits the country’s children hard: Almost half of India’s children are moderately or severely stunted in growth.
India’s vast population size and its rapid growth mean that the percentages illustrating work remaining to be done translate to very large real numbers. In fact, while the percent of Indians living in poverty has fallen, fast population growth means that the absolute number of individuals living in poverty in some of the country’s poorest states has actually increased.
Poverty hits the country’s children hard, and malnutrition is common. In fact, one in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India.
Islamic Relief has been working in India since 1994, often collaborating with local relief organizations to ensure that assistance is delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. Islamic Relief India opened in 2008 to implement development programs to help alleviate growing needs for humanitarian aid.