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Nearly one sixth of the world's population lives in India. One of history's oldest civilisations endures today, in a land where everyday life is woven with religious traditions and ancient beliefs.

India has one of the highest concentrations of poor people in the world. Three quarters of its population lives in rural India. Farming tools are often basic, and many farmers have to exchange large shares of their harvests in return for land.

Most cities are fringed with crowded slums and shanty towns where migrants who have travelled from the countryside in search of work have set up home. Bangalore city alone has over one million people living in its 600 slums.

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Official Name: Republic of India
Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.09 billion (2006)
Population Projection: 1.38% per annum
Languages: Hindi and 14 other official languages
Life Expectancy: 63 years
Infant Mortality: 54.6 out of 1,000 births
Literacy Rate: Male - 59.5% | Female - 48.3%
Gross National Product: US$ 2.5 trillion (2001)
(US$ 3,300 per capita)

Islamic Relief in India

Islamic Relief has worked through local partners in India since 1994, carrying out seasonal programmes. The main focus in India is the Orphans Programme.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Sponsorship Programme was initiated in 1997. At present the orphans are sponsored across the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

In Karnataka, most of the sponsored orphans live in Bangalore, but there are also sizeable numbers in Mysore, Ramanagram and Madhugiri. In Kerela, the orphans are mainly from Calicut, but some also come from Wynad and Kannur.

As well as receiving the regular sponsorship payments, the orphans also benefit from annual Qurbani food distributions. 2006 saw the first implementation of the "Back to School" project, which provides orphans with school bags and stationery as well as social activities and health checkups over a three day period.

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