Childhood should be a time of carefree enjoyment, a time to make friends and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. You go to school, and your biggest concern will be whether you can sit next to your best friend in class.
But for many children in India and around the world, growing up is not as idyllic as it should be. Approximately 72 million children around the world will never attend school. They’ll never sit in a classroom and receive the wealth of knowledge other children experience.
But neither do they sit idle. These children are forced to work and supplement their low family income, support ailing parents and compensate for generations worth of illiteracy. In India alone 50 per cent of all children between the ages of 6 to 18 don’t attend a school, from a total child population of over 400 million. To top it off, 50 per cent of these children are under nourished.
This cycle of hunger and poverty continues well into adulthood. Because of a legacy of illiteracy many adults are unskilled and are unable to find sustainable jobs, and thereby unable to alleviate from poverty and unable to educate their children. According to the 2011 Census, 74.04 per cent of the Indian adult population is literate. With an illiteracy rate of 25.96 per cent, India has the largest illiterate population in the world.
Children all over India go to bed and wake up hungry in the morning every day. For many of The Akshaya Patra Foundation beneficiaries, the mid-day meal is their only meal for the day. International Children’s Day is an ideal time to recognize the struggle of millions of children around the world and work toward providing them with the joyous, innocent childhood they deserve. To work with The Akshaya Patra Foundation and help provide food for education, click https://www.akshayapatra.org/onlinedonations