"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
According to UNICEF, 20% of India's children from 6 to 14 years old are not enrolled in school. India has an 74% female literacy rate compared to a 88% male literacy rate. Most children with disabilities do not have the necessary resources to seek proper medical treatment. About 46% of all children under the age of three are too small for their age and 16% show signs of wasting. We believe that education leads to knowledge, and with knowledge comes change.
The Human Research Foundation located in Gujarat, India is our first partner organization. Mamta School, a school operated by the Human Research Foundation is Aahana's partner school for approximately 67 deaf and disabled children who come from the poorest villages in Gujarat. These children have been found from these villages and faced with a better life through Mamta School. Their ages range from 5 to 19 years old. In a country where children with disabilities are ignored and treated as burdens, a school like this one provides a life that these children would not be able to have anywhere else. Our work as Aahana will continue to provide them with the necessary resources to keep running. For more information on our partner organization click here.
We believe in touching each child with our love and care. By personally going to India each year, we ensure that the children are able to grow in a nourishing, positive environment.