Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Hindu HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
New Delhi 1,318,242,000 2.1% Unknown 81.6% 131 of 188 $1,604

With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the second most populous country in the world. It’s a country of extraordinary religious, cultural, geographical, and economic contrasts. 2,533 distinct people groups, speaking 1,652 languages, and worshipping within at least 12 different religions, India is without question one of the most diverse countries in the world. Considered the wealthiest region in the world during the 1st millennium, it lost much of its economic advantage as other regions grew in power. The country was gradually annexed by the Great Britain in the 18th century, but famously regained its independence in 1947, after non-violent protests led by Mahatma Gandhi. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India’s economy has become one of the fastest-growing major economies in the world, and yet much of India’s burgeoning population continues to live below the poverty line.

Hindu tradition dictates that every person will be rewarded or punished in the next life based on how you live out your current life. As a result, a class system of “castes” exist and serves as a separation between people of low and high standing. Currently, 29% of Indian people live below the international poverty line of 1.25/day. There has also been a growing persecution of Christians by Hindu fundamentalists in the past few years.


Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
Northeastern India 4 Communities Rural 2014

Program Impact

  • Empowering local teams with Community Health Education (CHE) training and a center from which to plan and meet.
  • Demonstrating hygiene and sanitation practices, organic farming techniques, animal husbandry procedures
  • Providing holistic ministry to local communities to see personal and community transformation
  • Providing women’s cycle of life training for women in rural areas to help them with nutrition, preventative well and baby care, maternity, family relationships and spiritual development.
  • Teaching on kitchen gardens and growing vegetables to improve nutrition within families.
  • Working alongside communities to improve sanitation and drainage to reduce mosquito-born diseases and improve hygiene in the community.

 

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Data Sources:
Population and Religion: www.joshuaproject.net
HDI Rank: hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI
GDP Per Capita (2015): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMF_ranked_countries_by_GDP