How You Can Support Extreme Poor in India

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India is a country with a long history and a colourful culture. India is one of the world’s largest economies and it has the second largest population. This means things in India tend to be fairly large-scaled but it also experiences some problems on a large scale. The country faces significant challenges alongside its opportunities for further growth.

India is home to 1.34 billion people – 18% of the world’s population. It will have overtaken China as the world’s most populous country by 2028. According to a survey by World Bank in 2014, the world had 872.3 million people below the new poverty line, of which 179.6 million people lived in India. As of 2014, 58% of the total population were living on less than $3.10 per day. This Infographic shows the whole picture of poverty in India. 

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India ranked a disappointing 60th among the 79 developing economies assessed in the World Economic Forum’s latest Inclusive Development Index. This is reflected in growing inequality: India’s richest 1% own 53% of its wealth, up from 36.8% in 2000. For comparison, the richest 1% in the United States own 37.3% of its wealth. India hosts one-third of the world’s extreme poor. It has the third highest number of people living with and dying from HIV/AIDS, and 60.4 percent of its population lives with unimproved sanitation facility access, mostly affecting Indians living in rural communities.

Though it is easy to blame that the reasons for all of these problems is Corruption, lack of management, growing population and so on, we need to look into what we can do to support and how we can contribute in making the poverty situation better. Support those who really need it and good will come back to you. So, if you are seeking to play your part in the world and support the extreme poor in India, then below are some of the options for you. 

Support a Child in India

Here you will find more info about ongoing issues in India and how you can contribute. You can either sponsor a child or make a gift, large or small. Your gifts guarantee your sponsored child receives benefits and support that dramatically change his or her life. With, you do not have to worry about your money going in wrong hands. You can personally go there and see for yourself how your support is changing your sponsored children’s life. Below is just a few of the things this organisation has achieved- 

  • Operate over 70 community centers in the 10 countries we serve, offering poor children and youth a safe, positive place to learn and grow
  • Provide hundreds of thousands of free medical and dental exams to children in poverty
  • Help thousands of kids overcome obstacles to their education
  • Grant thousands of scholarships each year so qualified youth can further their educations


UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working to protect and improve the lives of every child in over 190 countries. Help UNICEF bring lifesaving care to children all over the world by becoming a Global Parent

By starting a monthly donation, you will become a Global Parent and help shape a better future for a child. You will:

  • Provide steady, ongoing support for a child at the most critical time of their growth and development.
  • Give our teams the reliable funds they need to deliver life-saving nutrition, water and emergency supplies for children in living in crisis.
  • Make a long-lasting impact for children and support UNICEF’s vital work in 190 countries.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian organisation that engages people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes. See how it works and sponsor a child through this organisation. 

As per the organisation: During your sponsorship, You’ll see video and photo updates about your sponsored child. You can look forward to a response from your sponsored child when you send a letter. They’ll send you community updates so you can see the progress you’re supporting. Consider visiting your sponsored child – it’s a life-changing experience!

You’ll be kept in the loop with emails about child sponsorship and other World Vision news.

Contact Congress

For 2017, the U.S. government plans to spend $49.5 million of foreign aid on health in India.  Half of this aid will be allocated for HIV/AIDS. To ensure the effectiveness of this aid, Congress is currently in the process of potentially passing the Global Health Innovation Act (H.R. 1660).

This act requires the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to give an annual report to Congress describing the “development and use of global health innovations” in their work.

Emailing or calling elected representatives will support this bill on top of promoting the use of health innovation to achieve an HIV/AIDS-free generation. Representatives need to know that their constituents are interested in a goal in order for it to get the attention it deserves.

The Anchal Project

Shopping is another way to help the extreme poor in India. Currently, about ten million Indian women are commercial sex workers–the Anchal Project wants to change that. The Anchal Project employs Indian women, 85 percent of whom were once in the sex trade, to create and make original designs for ecologically sound clothing and fabrics (mainly scarves). Shopping here will support women in their goal of earning full-time employment and leading change in their families and communities, in effect supporting the extreme poor in working their way out of poverty. works in India and suppports via Microfinance (supporting those in need with small loans). By providing small loans to families through Opportunity International Australia, you can help them leave poverty behind. With a gift of $70 to buy a sewing machine or seeds to plant a vegetable farm, families are able to start their own business and transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. And with 99% of loans repaid and recycled, more and more families are helped.

Franciscan Family Apostolate

The Franciscan Family Apostolate serves the poor living in remote tribal villages of India. You can pledge a monthly amount to support poor families. Select a family from those shown on our Sponsor A Family page. Over one thousand families in dire need receive a stipend provided by sponsors here in the United States. A sponsor pledges a monthly allotment used for basic necessities such as food, clothing and medicines. Assistance is continued until the family is self-sufficient and able to stand on their own.  

Save the Children Org

Save the Children India is bringing healthcare to the impoverished areas of India, and they’re pioneering new ways of reaching communities to help treat malnutrition and prevent deaths. In 2017, Save the Children provided disaster relief to the thousands of families suffering after monsoons caused massive flooding, landslides and damage. The organisation distributed hygiene supplies and household kits, and created child-friendly spaces to help protect children from harm and promote their well-being. With the help of them, you can donate, sponsor a child or simply SHOP on their site to support those in need in India. 

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