By Heather Hintze
India boasts the world’s second largest population with more than 1.2 billion people, but nearly half of the country lives in poverty.
The plight of those people inspired a Eugene non-profit organization to seek a way to help.
“India is a very unique country. It has so many different languages, so much culture. A lot of need, a lot of people,” said Brent Hample, India Partners President.
And that’s why the small non-profit India Partners has focused its attention on that part of the world.
“Our focus is to partner with indigenous charities in India to help them succeed in their goals to help their own people. So we don’t go over there and tell them what to do. They come up with their own ideas and we help them succeed,” Hample said.
This week KEZI will take an in-depth look at the work they’re doing.
First we start at Orphan Faith Home in the state of Andhra Pradesh where 165 kids have been given a new life.
Then it’s on to the Agape Rehabilitation Center in Tamil Nadu that works to give disabled people computers skills to find a job.
“Basically we want to have a place where any disabled person can come in and feel comfortable,” said Avitha Daniel, Agape Coordinator.
Back in Andhra Pradesh, India Partners is also bringing the concept of sustainability to India by creating a self-sufficient emu farm.
Then we head to an island that suffers major flooding every three years.
India Partners received a grant to bring in a team of engineers to see what can be done about the problem.
“It’s going to be a major life change if we can prevent flooding even in, just minor flooding on the year to year basis,” said Graham Frank, Engineering Team Leader.
Finally, we go to Mumbai where sex trafficking has become a major problem.
More than 200,000 women work as prostitutes in that city and many of their children follow in their footsteps.
India Partners has created a number of safe houses in hopes of ending the vicious cycle.
“If they can learn that they don’t need to do what their mothers are doing, then they can go show others there is hope beyond living in a hopeless situation,” said Kaytie Fielder, India Partners Field Rep.