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India maps will undoubtedly show the urban mountain areas of India. It may not be obvious from looking at an India map, but during monsoon season, urban centers in the mountains of eastern India are vulnerable to landslides. In many cities, slums are built on precarious hillsides where the threat of landslide is especially high.

India

Eastern Urban Mountain Region

  • In eastern India's urban mountain centers, Compassion gives children in need real help and hope for a future free from poverty. In eastern India's urban mountain centers, Compassion gives children in need real help and hope for a future free from poverty.
  • Children enjoy nutritious meals on program activity days at their Compassion centers. Children enjoy nutritious meals on program activity days at their Compassion centers.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Because of their sponsors' love and support, these children can look forward to a bright future, free from the bonds of poverty. Because of their sponsors' love and support, these children can look forward to a bright future, free from the bonds of poverty.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • This family, like many in the region, have a makeshift home built on the hillside. This family, like many in the region, have a makeshift home built on the hillside.
  • Many women in this region work long hours every day in local quarries, breaking up stones by hand. Many women in this region work long hours every day in local quarries, breaking up stones by hand.
 
INDIA OVERVIEW

Population

1,236,344,631

Religion

Hindu

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Eastern India's Urban Mountain Region India Overview
  • Children growing up in urban centers of eastern India’s mountain region face many poverty-related challenges.
  • Typically, parents are uneducated and unskilled, which makes it difficult for them to find steady, good-paying jobs.
  • To supplement the family’s income, children also work, sometimes in dangerous jobs.
  • Girls are expected to do the household chores and care for younger siblings. As soon as they enter their teen years – and sometimes before – girls are married off to help reduce the family’s economic burden.
  • Most parents do not understand the importance of education, because they did not attend school themselves. Without an education, children are destined to grow up and repeat the generational cycle of poverty.
  • Because of their low income, parents cannot provide regular, nutritious meals for their children.
  • There are days when the entire family has to go without food, and children here are commonly malnourished.
LIFE
In Eastern India's Urban Mountain Region

Geography & Climate

  • One-third the area of the United States, India occupies most of the Indian subcontinent in southern Asia.
  • India borders on China in the northeast. Other neighbors are Pakistan on the west, Nepal and Bhutan on the north, and Burma and Bangladesh on the east.
  • Climate in the country ranges from tropical monsoon in the south to temperate in the north.
  • Terrain includes upland plains in the south; flat to rolling plains along the Ganges; deserts in the west; Himalayas in the north.

Economy

Over the last several years, India has experienced impressive economic growth. However, millions of Indians still exist under the weight of crushing poverty.

In the eastern urban mountain region, poor families often migrate to large cities from rural villages in search of jobs and a better standard of living.

Typically uneducated and unskilled, they are forced to work at whatever menial day-labor jobs they can find, rarely making more than U.S.$2 a day.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 8.8 percent.

The average annual household income is U.S.$6,671.

The child labor (ages 5-14) rate stands at 12 percent.

The population living below the poverty line is 29.8 percent.

Children at Home

Homes in the city slums of eastern India’s mountains are simple structures made from a variety of materials, including bamboo, mud, thatch, tin or plastic sheets.

Children at home

These small homes, usually measuring only 150 square feet, must accommodate families of up to six members.

Houses typically have one or two rooms and a small front porch.

Slum housing doesn’t usually have electricity or other public services such as garbage collection.

COMMUNITY
India Community
Issues and Concerns
  • The rapid influx of people from rural areas has led to insufficient employment in these urban centers. Those who work are usually laborers at construction sites or vendors in local markets.
  • Few employers abide by minimum-wage laws and generally pay less than $2 for a full day of backbreaking labor.
  • Common social problems include gambling, alcoholism other and substance abuse.
  • Early child marriage, gender discrimination and polygamy are also issues.
  • The unsanitary living conditions in the slums are hazardous to children’s health. Kids frequently suffer unnecessarily from such preventable illnesses as bacterial diarrhea, which can prove fatal to the youngest children.
Local Needs and Challenges

Sanitation

Children’s health is threatened on a daily basis by the lack of access to clean water and by their unsanitary environment.

Clean water

Some children stand for hours in long lines to collect water from community taps — hours that could be better spent in educational or other developmental pursuits.

EDUCATION
India education
Schools and Education
  • Few children in urban slums advance beyond a primary school education.
  • The teacher-to-student ratio is about 1 to 60 in primary grades. There are even more students per teacher in secondary classes.
  • Many public schools lack sufficient building space for each grade to have its own classroom. It is common to find four grades crowded into the same room.
At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion’s partner-based centers in eastern India’s cities enable children to overcome the limitations of poverty.

To foster physical development, children are provided regular, well-balanced meals as well as medical checkups.

The centers also enable children to attend school by providing for the school needs that their parents cannot afford, such as tuition, uniforms and supplies.

Children’s education is reinforced by extra tutoring so that they can excel academically.

For parents, Compassion centers provide programs to address child neglect and domestic abuse issues.

Centers also provide marriage and parenting guidance.

Through various income-generating training programs, centers strive to empower parents to obtain stable, viable sources of income so they can provide for their children’s needs.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local worship centers, Compassion is bringing help and hope to impoverished children in eastern India’s urban mountain region, providing them with:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • health and hygiene training
  • access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children