Companions: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
Areas of impact: Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh
Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.3 billion
Interesting fact: Nearly 70 percent of rural families in India depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Did you know? The percentage of poverty in India has fallen from 37.2 percent in 2004 to 21.9 percent in 2011.
In rural communities across India, farming is the main source of food and income for many people. But because of drought and changing climate patterns, there is a lack of water for irrigation. The land is rocky and sandy, which causes soil erosion and shrinks the amount of land available for cultivating crops.
This combination has a detrimental effect on people's quality of life and access to food. Approximately 55 percent of the population of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh must migrate to other places for work, leaving behind their families for up to four months at a time. Children in Madhya Pradesh face one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the country at 60 percent, with 74.1 percent of children under the age of 5 suffering from anemia.
That's why ELCA World Hunger is partnering with our companions in India to support new food and agriculture projects that fight food insecurity.
Response + Impact
Working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh and the Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church, ELCA World Hunger will introduce new agricultural techniques and technologies, such as improved seeds and irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting, fruit-tree nurseries and more.
Through your gifts, these programs will help our friends in India learn new skills that not only feed their families but also promote self-employment and income generating activities. Community members will learn to plan and implement actions for access to their rights, including basic services, while learning how to utilize natural resources in sustainable ways.
Your gifts will also help raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition for pregnant mothers and during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. By establishing nutrition education programs and centers where mothers and pregnant women can receive quality food, children will receive nourishment that’s crucial for healthy development.
It starts with your support. Make a gift today and walk with our companions as we fight hunger in India.
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Your gifts will support these life-saving, life-changing programs of ELCA World Hunger in 2018. If funds raised for a specific program exceed the goal, the funds will be used to address a similar need in that country or region.