India - Scholarship Projects Indian Families and Students Although India is gradually becoming one of Asia’s great economic powers, it still is reputed to contain the largest number of the world’s poor, according to some demographers. Considering the size of its population — over 1.2 billion people — the country has hundreds of millions of people who live in abject poverty.
Many of these have been attracted to the cities — Bombay and Delhi are the two largest where the jobs and money are, while even more remain in the countryside trying to eke out a living from the land.
Education Although the state provides some help toward education, there is still some cost that must be paid by the parents. Unfortunately many families cannot meet these costs due to the poverty and others are not willing to educate their children as they prefer that the children help to work the land as unpaid labour. Yet if the younger generation is not educated, India will never be able to break the cycle of dependence on manual labour, a virtual servitude to obsolete and inadequate agricultural practices.
Bryan and Rosi Levman travelled to India in June 2011 and visited all our students there. In Ladakh they took 12 students on an overnight trip which was exciting and fun for the children who never are able to travel. All are doing well in their studies. Please see the Fall 2011 newsletter for more information.
Give Kids a Chance Give Kids a Chance has opened branches in two of the poorer parts of India. Leh in Ladakh (western Tibet) and Patay Bhoor in upper Pradesh, not far from New Delhi. Altogether eighteen children are being supported through school. Successful graduates will then have an opportunity to move on to university. Each student will continue to be supported until graduation, provided their marks indicate a satisfactory level of commitment to self-betterment through education. Bryan and Rosi Levman are once again travelling to India in June 2011 to visit and assess our scholarship programs there.