The Need

The State of Abandoned and Orphaned Children in India

Abandoned and orphaned children in India endure lives beyond what many of us can imagine. Many run away from abusive family lives or are left abandoned when their parents pass away. Some get separated from their parents in a large crowd never to be reunited again, and others are given up by parents who are too poor to give them the life they deserve.

The statistics are heart breaking. Only 1.4% of over 31 million orphaned children in India receive any sort of formal care in a shelter or orphanage. Domestic adoption is abysmally low at only 3,210 children per year. Too many others are often forced into a life as sex workers, child laborers, or beggars on the streets.

Statistics on Indian Children

  • 31 Million Orphaned, Abandoned, or Lost Children
  • 1.4% Orphaned, Abandoned, or Lost Children in Formal Care
  • Low Adoption Rate of 3,210 Children/Year
  • 6 Million Child Sex Workers
  • 33 Million Child Laborers
  • 18 Million Children Live/Work on the Street

The Udayan Ghar Program helps to address these needs.

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The State of Girl’s Education in India

With a historical bias towards the education of male children amongst poverty stricken families, girls are often denied an education. To reduce their financial burden, families will often marry their daughters at young ages or require them to join the workforce to support the family, both of which require them to quit school. The statistics of girls’ education are disturbing:

Statistics on Indian Children

  • One of Every 100 Girls Reaches High School
  • 4.5% of College Graduates are Women
  • Adolescent Female Dropout Rates are 63.5

Marriage Statistics in India

  • 18% of young girls are married by the age of 15 while 47% are married by the age of 18.
  • Incidence of domestic violence among married, adolescent girls is 52%.

The Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program helps to address these needs.

Sources: UNCESCO, National Crime Records Bureau, National Institute of Mental & Health Neurosciences, Ministry of Women and Child Development; UNICEF 2011 and 2009, United Nations CRY America and National Family Health Survey – III; UNICEF 2008-2012, United Nations CRY America and National Family Health Survey – III, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, 2012, Annual Economic Survey, 2011-2012

Boy in a train wagon, Delhi India
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