India is one of the poorest countries in the world, according to World Bank. It is estimated that half of the population will drop out of school by the age of 13. Only ten percent of people receive any formal job training. In 2012 it was estimated that 37 percent of India's 1.2 billion people fell below the international poverty line. The Indian Planning Commission places that poverty line at $1.25 a day.
Mission[edit | edit source]
Heart for India Foundation, or HFI was founded in 2005 to end the cycle of poverty in India by Princess Françoise Sturdy. HFI is a non-religious, non-political, and non-government organization that makes education possible for underprivileged children in rural areas of India. HFI has nine education centers in total.
Primary Schools[edit | edit source]
Poor families are unable to afford school expenses such as uniforms, and notebooks. HFI funds three primary schools: Nanmangalam Government School, Kovilambakkam Government School, and Amman Naggar Government school. Nanmangalam Government School is the largest school with 1,15o children attending. HFI provides 33 CHF, or 33 U.S. dollars per child, per year. HFI provides school uniforms, notebooks, books, and paper. They also provide a meal for students. HFI has improved hygiene in the Nanmangalam Government School by installing eight toilets, as well as constructing access to drinking water. Kovilambakkam Government School is a smaller school with 550 pupils. Amman Naggar Government school is the smallest school with 350 students. The schools are located in Chennai Suburb, 20 km from the city centre.
Career Training[edit | edit source]
HFI provides training for young women to be able to enter the work force. The goal is to help equalize women in India, and enable them to be financially independent. There are six training centers. The centers accept women from the ages of 16 to 19. The young women have the opportunity to become nurses, health assistants, corporate secretaries, desktop publishers, teachers, and tailors. The women are provided with uniforms, tuition, school supplies, and a daily meal.
Girls Town 2[edit | edit source]
Because of the dowry system in India many poor families resort to killing or abandoning their baby girls. The families know they will have to pay for the dowry, wedding, and then "lose" their daughter to the in-laws. It is customary for women to live and care for their husband's family. Girls Town 2 is home to 54 young girls.They are provided with an education, and opportunities to better themselves.
Make A Donation[edit | edit source]
Monetary donations are accepted on the organization website at http://www.heartforindia.org.
10 CHF = 80 meals
30 CHF = Education for one full academic year for one child
110 CHF =Vocational training for one woman
400 CHF = Full support for one orphaned child.
Through education HFI is making India more sustainable. HFI has improved living conditions through hygiene, and implementing clean water, and toilets. Educating and providing basic resources to the people of India benefits the economy, environment, and quality of life.
Works Cited "“Education Is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World”." Heart for India Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2016. <http://www.heartforindia.org/>.
Rodarte, Riscilla. "10 Facts About Poverty in India - The Borgen Project." The Borgen Project RSS2. N.p., 20 June 2014. Web. 20 Feb. 2016. borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/>.