Most know India for the peaceful nature of it's people, it's beauty and spirituality, however there are still many areas in India where poverty is prevalent. Of nearly 1 billion inhabitants, there are almost 400 million below the poverty line. 75 percent of these people live in rural areas. Illiteracy and unemployment are part of the cause for this issue, while underemployment, over-agriculture and the caste system also play a role. The poorest areas are in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.
India's semi-tropical region there are issues of water shortages and recurrent droughts that have transformed agriculture communities. Flood-prone areas like those that extend from eastern Uttar Pradesh to the Assam plains, and especially in northern Bihar are affected by the extreme weather that in turn, limit the supply of natural resources for the poor communities to live off of. Poverty also affects tribal people in forest areas, where the loss of resources has made them even poorer. Coastal fishing communities living conditions have deteriorated because of environmental degradation, stock depletion and vulnerability to natural disasters.
The good news is that programs like these are working. People like you are making changes everyday that make a difference. The poverty rate in India has lowered from about 55 percent in 1973 to about 27 percent in 2004. The migration of these poverty stricken people has helped as they move from rural to urban areas but there is still a lot more work to do.
It's our goal to help build as many homes as possible each year. With your help, we can help these displaced families have the comforts that only a home can provide. Whether you want to volunteer your time or donate resources or money, we welcome your support to our campaign.