As a Professional Tour Guide, India seems to be the country I visit the most. I am half Indian and do speak some Hindi. I love this Incredible, fascinating land, but I hate the poverty here. India is no longer a poor country. However around 300 million people in this huge country have missed out on the economic boom of the last decade.
75% of the 1,18 billion people live in the countryside and from agriculture. These people live from hand to mouth and have a tough existance. The villages are very basic, with the houses made af clay and even the roofs are made of cow dung. There is probably one waterpump in the village and maybe if the village is lucky a generator for some electricity.
The villagers are well off compared to the poor people living in India’s large cities. The Indians like large families and often can’t support all the children or give them work as they grow up, so many kids are sent to the cities to find work and fend for themselves.
Many in the cities live in slums, at the railway stations or even on the pavement.
So what is being done to help India’s poor? India still gets aid from the West and has a huge budget for education. But unfortunately India is a very corrupt country and the corruption is at every level, so money put aside to help is not being used accordingly.
Education is surely the key. India’s state schools are very basic and have little or no ressources. I feel I am in a position to help and these pages are about what I am doing.
Take the groups to the schools and villages
Help a Non Government Organisation i-indiaonline
Take used laptops to deprived Indian schools
Twinning British schools with Indian schools.
Education in India
Here are some amazing facts about India.
India has the second largest population in the World after China (1.3 billion). This means Continue reading
Religion in India is an important issue.
80% of Indians are Hindu.
The Hindu religion has 330 million Gods and Godesses. Continue reading
Classroom in India
India’s literacy rate in many states is only 51% and I truly believe the key to improving the lives of many and cutting the poverty is in education. Thanks to Vipul Jain, a park ranger I work with in Ranthambore, I have been able to take my groups to several village schools in India. These schools are poor and badly equipped with just one or two small classrooms for 90 children, who have to sit on the floor. We as a group have collections and then Vipul buys chairs, pens, uniforms and other basic items for the school. I am hoping to take some used laptop computers out to these schools on my next few trips to India. It’s not enough, I know, but every little helps.
My 2011 groups gave generously and in December, I was able to see what had been bought with the money. Uniforms for one school, tables and benches for another. We also had enough left to buy books and school bags for a third school. In fact I took my December 2011 group to that village school and my clients gave the books and bags out to the kids. It was really lovely.
Kids with School Bags
Kids at School
Indian School Children
Two of my clients had the idea of twinning Indian schools with British schools. Hopefully it would benefit both British and Indian school children and the teachers. The clients, after a lot of searching, found a British primary school ready to be twinned and get involved. 2 weeks agao, I headed of to India for my last tour of 2011 Continue reading
Many of my clients have asked me, at the end of an India Tour, how they can help India’s poor, especially the children. I also felt that I wanted to help, so did some research and got into contact with a NGO (Non Government Organisation) in the city of Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan.
The NGO is I-Indiaonline (website www.i-indiaonline.com ).
The founders Prabhakar and Abha Goswami, Continue reading