India has the second highest population in the world. Over 1.3 billion
people live in a country that covers 3’287’590 km2
of surface. According to
the World Bank 44% of the inhabitants of India live on less than one dollar
per day. And according to UNICEF over 2.1 million children die on a
yearly basis before they reach their 5th year. The situation is especially
worrying in the country side.
Bihar is a state in the North Eastern part of India. With a population of ~104 millions inhabitants and a surface of 94’163 km2 it is one of the most populated states in India. And it is also one of the poorest and least developed ones. 80% of the population lives in villages. Houses are built mainly with wood, soil and/or grass. These houses are unable to protect their inhabitants from the outside temperature, which often drops below 0 Degree Celsius in the wintertime. People are vulnerable to sickness and death.
India’s health system is organized on state level. Although the health system in the country side has improved a lot over the years, there is still a big difference between the health care in the countryside and in the cities. A lot of villages have no access to medical facilities. Bad hygienic conditions and missing access to clean drinking water and sanitary installations as well as malnourishment worsen the situation.
India’s education system is also organized on state level and imposes compulsory education for children from 6 to 14 years; there are however huge regional differences as the education is mostly managed by the federal states. This shows in a very uneven illiterate rate. While Kerala - as the state with the highest alphabetization rate – only had 6.1% illiterate rate in 2011, the poor state of Bihar shows with 36.2 % illiterate rate nearly 6 times as high.
This is why the foundation LIFE FOR ALL has – since the establishment in 1995 – concentrated its work in the three sectors medical care, education and home care.
This project report highlights accomplishments in healthcare, education and childcare. The past years have been a time of challenge and opportunity, but through the myriad changes, Foundation LIFE FOR ALL – founded
in 1995 in Kolkata – remains one of the leading programs of its type and is
poised to achieve even higher levels of excellence in the future. These developments are highlighted in this project report, along with
descriptions of other projects that ensure that Foundation LIFE FOR ALL
provides an ever-evolving portal for mobilizing and equipping the
marginalized and the most vulnerable social groups with skills and
tools to know and respond to concrete realities of their world.
The Foundation has rededicated itself to producing greater results for children, education and healthcare, and producing them more effectively, more systematically and more efficiently. This is made possible, in part, by our donors. Our work was also enhanced by increased efficiency in the management of grants and close cooperation with like-minded partners who have coalesced around the Millennium Development Goals and the underlying Millennium Declaration.
New partnerships were formed, and others
were reinvigorated, all around the common objectives of saving children’s
lives, getting children into school and helping them stay there, combating diseases, and reducing hunger and poverty. These efforts are
paying off, yielding meaningful results that show promise in bringing the
target communities closer to the Goals, and children and families closer to
healthier, more secure lives.
But momentum must be built and maintained, and it is this urgency that drives us. We must use the current situation as a reason for optimism, and a daily reminder that the poor and the marginalised social groups still need our help and our commitment to the issues that affect them. Your contributions play a critical role in our ability to serve the poor and the most vulnerable groups in Katihar district of Bihar state and beyond.
I thank you all for your support, and I hope we can count on your continued investment in alleviating the suffffering for our target groups for years to come. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
President / Trustee
Foundation Life for All