From the freezing Himalayas in the north, through the jungles and deserts to the blistering heat in the south (trust me, its blistering) India is a fascinating country.
India, and the United States are the 2nd and 3rd most populated countries in the world respectively. USA, has a population of only 322.5 million; that’s almost a fourth of the population of India in a landmass 3 times bigger! 
The average age in India is just under 27 years old, and only 9% of the population is over the age of 60.
1/3 of the women are illiterate. Almost 20% of children are married before 15 and almost 50% are married before they’re 18.
There are more people living in poverty (less than a dollar a day) in India than the entire population of the United States and Canada put together.
This information is overwhelming. I almost didn’t even believe it. It can be difficult to know what to do with information like this. One person alone cannot adjust these statistics, but if we work together one village at a time India has amazing potential to grow into a sustainable country.
In this village of 1200 people, our goal is to supply them with:
- 6 wells
- 3 classrooms
- 1 library
- 177 toilets
Education and hygiene will be instrumental in bringing Bandanpally out of it’s impoverish state. Donate and help transform the village of Bandanpally, and help those living there realize their potential.
— Julia Kutyn
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[content note: rape, sexual assault]
Statistically, reported rapes in India are comparably low. The per capita rate of rape in India is a small fraction of that in the United States [source]. But, as a quick Google search will tell you, statistics can be misleading. Although they can be helpful and informative, statistics do not tell the whole story. Reported rape in India is comparably low to that of the US; however,
Local Indian surveys in the past 25 years have found that 1% to 4% of women in some areas reported having been raped or sexually assaulted in the past year—50 to 200 times greater than official rates.
Clearly, women living in India are not likely to feel safe.
Rape and sexual assault in India have received a fair amount of press in the past year in light of some particularly horrifying cases (you can read about some other high profile cases in the past few decades via the Washington Post). And, although discussing such atrocities certainly isn’t a pleasant way to occupy oneself, awareness of injustices like rape and poverty are a huge first step to making changes.
November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, but Orange Day happens on the 25th of every month (which includes today). The safety and well-being of women and children is completely entrenched in development. At thisvillage, we want to work hard to increase safety and health for women and girls in India, and all over the world.
I’d encourage you to take five minutes to read through a few resources from the United Nations, and to spread awareness. thisvillage believes in the inherent worth of people, and especially in empowering women and girls to have safer, healthier lives. You can read more about what we think on our Approaches page.
— Christie Esau