India is the world’s largest democracy, a global center of technology and finance, the home of megacities Delhi and Mumbai, and a driving force in the world economy. But despite its exponential rate of economic growth, millions of children are being left behind. No other country in the world sees as many children die from preventable and treatable diseases as India. Many children below the age of 14 work in hazardous occupations – mining, selling food on the streets, and domestic labor. There is more wealth in India than ever before, but it has not yet translated into healthcare, education or better nutrition for the poor.
While India’s economy continues to grow rapidly, hundreds of millions of people across the country still live in poverty, malnutrition, unhygienic living conditions, and without access to clean drinking water.About a third of the worlds poor live in India, battling blatant gender and class inequalities to climb out of poverty. Safe drinking water and improved sanitation can give these families a chance for healthier, happier lives.