Valmiki Foundation Events

Valmiki Foundation Children’s Day Programme (14-11-08)

On the eve of children’s day, we have distributed food packets to migrant labour’s children at Chilakalguda and secunderabad; we have provided food to around 100 children. Valmiki staff has participated in the programme and explained the children and their parents about the value of education and childhood. As we got independence 62 years ago, but still we are unable to alleviate poverty from India, poverty leads to so many national problems. There are millions of children, who do not have access to education, proper food, shelter and clothing.

According to the new World Bank's estimation on poverty based on 2005 data, India has 456 million people, 41.6% of its population, living below the new international poverty line of $1.25 (PPP) per day. The World Bank further estimates that 33% of the global poor now reside in India. Moreover, India also has 828 million people, or 75.6% of the population living below $2 a day, compared to 72.2% for Sub-Saharan Africa On the other hand, the Planning Commission of India uses its own criteria and has estimated that 27.5% of the population was living below the poverty line in 2004–2005, down from 51.3% in 1977 - 1978, and 36% in 1993 -1994. The source for this was the 61st round of the National Sample Survey (NSS) and the criterion used was monthly per capita consumption expenditure below Rs. 356.35 for rural areas and Rs. 538.60 for urban areas. 75% of the poor are in rural areas, most of them are daily wagers, self-employed householders and landless laborers