To provide free education to 370 children from the poorest communities in Bangalore, particularly quarry communities.
To provide medical care, income generating activities and community development activities in child sponsorship communities.
To provide medical outreach camps and treat 500 patients unable to afford medical care.
To provide 60 women vocational training to enable them to gain employment.
To provide 65 children of quarry workers free education, educational materials and midday meals, enabling these children to be the first generation to attend school and be protected from the risk of exploitation in quarries.
Although racing ahead economically there are still gross inequities apparent throughout the country. The boom has enriched a consumer class of about 50 million people, but about 880 million still live on less than $US2 a day. At least 46% of children up to the age of 3 still suffer malnutrition and India is home to one third of the world's malnourished children. Our ministry partner in India is involved in caring for children and women from quarry areas, helping build their resilience against exploitation and poverty.