The Youth of India

According to UNICEF, malnutrition is more common in India than in Sub-Saharan Africa. One in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India. Malnutrition limits development and the capacity to learn. It also costs lives: about 50 per cent of all childhood deaths are attributed to malnutrition. In India, around 46 per cent of all children below the age of three are too small for their age, 47 per cent are underweight and at least 16 per cent are wasted. Many of these children are severely malnourished.

When we were in India last fall working with Water For People we spent our days meeting, photographing and filming people of all ages including young children like the girl in this photo. What struck me then and still does every time I travel to India, is the health of the people we meet where they have access to the basic necessities of life such as water, food, shelter and education. In the areas where even one of those is missing you can see the difference. When you look at this little girl you’ll see a world of possibilities waiting for her, provided all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

 

 

 

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