Illiteracy is still a nationwide concern in India. Despite literacy rates having risen from 12% in 1950s to 74% in 2011 , still these rates are way below the average percentage of 84% in most countries. This deficit can be attributed to poverty which cripples this developing nation resulting in inability of many children to get a proper education.
An organization which is working towards giving these socio - economically backward children a chance for a brighter future is Actionaid.
Actionaid started it's operations in India in 1972 and has been working constantly since then to eliminate poverty and injustice.
Their mission is to work towards a world without poverty, fight hunger seek justice for all the dis-empowered and education for all.
In India , Actionaid operates in 24 states and one Union Territory which include some of the most underdeveloped and inaccessible areas.
Actionaid allows citizens to be a part of their activities by sponsoring education of children. In one of the programs, by paying 600 Rupees (9.6 $) a month for a year a child education can be sponsored.
In this programme, the identity of the child being sponsored is revealed to the sponsor. Along with this a biannual report on child's performance is also sent to the sponsor. If the sponsor wants then he/she can also contact or meet the child.
The team members of this organization held a camp in my office to encourage people to sponsor children and I availed this oppurtunity to give a child his right to education.
Indeed, it was a pleasent experience to get details of the child I am sponsoring. These included his photograph, family details and address. You can also extend a helping hand and feel the happiness of this gift. Many such NGOs operate in India but a tried and tested one for which I can vouch is Actionaid.