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Zakat Foundation in India
As the world’s second most populous nation, India’s fast growing economy is often seen as an example for other developing countries to follow. Yet, this country of 1.2 billion people still has at least 440 million people living in poverty with 240 million Indians described as chronically hungry. Crushing poverty and malnutrition, and limited or nonexistent health care remain harsh realities for millions of Indians.
Other pressing issues facing the country include: insufficient educational opportunities for the region’s poor, environmental degradation and pollution, an impending public health crisis with the epidemic rise of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, and India’s increasing vulnerability to natural disasters, especially earthquakes, seasonal monsoons, droughts, cyclones, and landslides.
Muslims make up approximately 13% of India’s population and remain among the poorest communities in the country. They have not fared well within the traditional Indian caste system, which marginalizes them religiously, socially, and economically by limiting their access to quality education and employment.
Zakat Foundation of America sponsors orphans and vulnerable children, provides emergency relief, and also provides resources for economic self-sufficiency, such as healthy livestock, rickshaws, and educational opportunities for India’s poorest citizens.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center