Project #4973

Give Poor Children from Bihar a chance for Health

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
Sep 24, 2011

Poverty comes cheap at 50 cents a day in India

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Bihar , India.

Firstly I want to thank you all for your kind support of the healthy meal programme on GlobalGiving in recent weeks.

Due to your kindness we have been able to offer a healthy meal of eggs, Dal and rice with healthy oil to desperately poor women and children. This has a very beneficial effect of child malnutruition.

We are really concerned abour food inflation as prices are rising beyond the reach of the very poor.

Look out for new pictures of the meal programme which will be posted on our website, on our facebook page, and in our next report; you can find the links below.

I include in this report an article from Business Insider published on September 21st,which is so staggering that it does not really require any further comment from me,

Despite Record Food Inflation, India Draws The Poverty Line At 50 Cents Per Day

India's Planning Commission, in charge of assessing the country's present economy and calculating for the future, has told the Supreme Court that 25 rupees a day -- roughly 50 cents -- is "adequate" for villagers to spend on food, education and health care, according to BBC News.

Even for city dwellers, who were allotted a few more rupees per day in the report (equaling 62 cents), this assessment falls well below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25/day.

The Supreme Court had asked for updated figures from the Commission in the face of inflation in India, which at a 13-month high of 9.78 percent.

A resonable estimate is  that on 50 cents a day, a family can spend 11 cents on cereals, 5 cents on milk, 4 cents on vegetables and 3 cents on oil. The rest must be distributed in shelter, medicine and if possible education.

If those numbers seem ridiculously low -- well, they are. Critics of the panel's report say that the Indian government is trying to lower the number of people under the poverty line, not by improving their lives but by changing the definition of "poverty."

There is no exact figure for the number of India's 1.2 billion people in poverty, but a 2005 World Bank Estimate put it at 41 percent.

Again with so much thanks to all of you for helping us feed these hungry children,




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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Gaya, Bihar India

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