she might be a statistic presently,
but she'll our daughter soon.
no country can rival india's children in need.
of india's nearly 400 million under 18,
over 70 million are child laborers,
10 million are bonded laborers (a form of slavery to pay off family debts),
13 million are homeless,
2 million are street children without families.
aids has spread rapidly in india and some estimates have said that
by 2020 there could be 200 million carrying HIV.
there are an estimated 35 million orphans (all of sub-saharan africa has 43 million).
9% of all children in india are orphans.
according to the United Nations,
over 60% of women in India are chronically poor.
according to UNICEF,
there are 25 million orphans in india.
one out of every three girls do not live
to see their 15th birthday.
one out of two children between the ages of 6-14
has no access to primary education.
53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 are illiterate.
46% of children under 5 are malnourished.
statistics reveal that india has 17 million child laborers -
the highest in the world.
we don't know her name,
but God calls her His
and we will speak her name soon.