Despite a strong economy hundreds of millions of people live in extreme poverty. India is home to the largest concentration of poor people in the world.
In major cities thousands of children live in slums or on the streets. In rural areas there is a lack of critical infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and schools which holds communities back from improving their situation.
Islamic Relief has been working in India since 1994 and provided emergency relief following several emergencies including the 1999 Orissa cyclone, the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, and the devastating tsunami of 2004.
Islamic Relief is also working in the slums to provide long-term solutions to people stuck in a cycle of poverty. We support vocational training programmes in the slums to provide key skills to people in order to increase their chances of gaining employment and earning a good enough a living to support their families. We also implement an education programme in Uttar Pradesh to give individuals the best chance at a brighter future.
As well as these ongoing development projects, we also support more than 1,000 children through orphan sponsorship which provide orphans with school equipment and medical care. We also conduct Ramadan and Qurbani food distributions each year in remote areas of the country as well as the major cities.