Slums in India contribute to one of the major populations of poor people. I come from a small town myself and had little resources myself. With the help of many people around me, I was able to achieve a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington and study here. I have seen many boys and girls of my age around my town deprived of education and earning $1-$2 per day after working extensively.
These are the stats as per government of India:
17 million children in India work as per official estimates.
A study found that children were sent to work by compulsion and not by choice, mostly by parents, but with recruiter playing a crucial role in influencing the decision.
When working outside the family, children put in an average of 21 hours of labor per week.
19% of children employed work as domestic help.
90% of working children are in rural India.
85% of working children are in the unorganized sectors.
About 80% of child labor is engaged in agricultural work.
Millions of children work to help their families because the adults do not have appropriate employment and income thus forfeiting schooling and opportunities to play and rest.
Children also work because there is demand for cheap labor. High incidence of child labor is a result of high incidence of adult unemployment.
Large numbers of children work simply because there is no alternative - since they do not have access to good quality schools.
Poor and bonded families often "sell" their children to contractors who promise lucrative jobs in the cities and the children end up being employed in brothels, hotels and domestic work. Many run away and find a life on the streets.
There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15 years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years.
71% of them are illiterate.
500,000 children are forced into this trade every year.
Because of poor child labor laws and crippling poverty of parents, students get no education and become daily wage laborers for their life. Generations follow and the condition remains unchanged.
I have seen a family ready to work for 12 hours a day with their children for $4 in total because they are illiterate and have no idea how to go about in their lives. Children don't have a choice and are forced to live a life which their parents were forced to as well. As per government statistics, 8.4 million children are out of school. There are organizations which claim to work for such children but are crippled with corruption and become a means to avoid tax by the organizations' owner. 17 million children in India work as per official estimates.
I have seen the condition of government-sponsored schools and it's terrible. There are little to no means of education for children. I don't want to form another organization and join the rat race. I am requesting everyone to donate so that I can start schools in the deprived areas and make a change which will help communities for better.
I also want to incorporate healthy meals for children during lunch time as the majority of them don't get the nutrition and have almost no access to food. Poverty in India is at all time high and I feel we can do a lot to shape the lives of those children.
I plan to start two fully functional schools which will be available for underprivileged children with no means of education. There will also be meals included which will make sure that they have the nutrition required to study.
These are the items required to build a basic school:
A small building with the capacity of accommodating at least 300 children which will be about 80% of the expected goal amount.
Rest 20% will be spent on:
10 computers per school.
At least 9 teachers.
Facility to cook meals and people required to do that.
Books and stationary.
My name is Rahul Dwivedi and I am a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. I come from India and I plan to make the lives of underprivileged children better in rural India.
I will appreciate all the help which is given and these children they need our help because they are the future of tomorrow's society. I want to make sure they don't become victims of others' choices. Please help me do this and you will feel a sense of satisfaction for helping them out.
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