society organizations, NGOs, international NGOs, corporate foundations,
hospitals and educational trusts all play a significant role in helping
to address Asia’s many pressing social and environmental needs.
many of these organizations exist in a state of permanent financial crisis,
struggling from time to time to make their ends meet. One of the major
reasons is the lack of capacity and skills to develop a sustainable resource
base for their organization. Over dependence on grants and government
funding leaves many of these organizations vulnerable to changing priorities
amongst the funders in the field of -
Almost half of Asia's 1.27 billion children live in poverty, without proper
food, water, healthcare or shelter - Report by the global child aid agency
Plan. While 80% of India’s 400 million children are poor.
Half of all children under 5 years old are underweight for their age.
About one-fifth die before their fifth birthday, and two-thirds of these
deaths are related to malnutrition.
2 out of every 1,000 children have some type of autism and in a rate of
5 boys to every girl. Currently there is no medical detection, treatment
or cure for autism.
India has 60% of the world’s leprosy patients and 75% of all new
cases - the highest concentration in the world.
India has 5.3 mn HIV+ people, outstripping S Africa. (Source: www.bbcnews.com,
April 20, 2005)
Old people fail to earn their livelihood due to old age, for which they
are treated useless and drain to the family income by the youngsters.
No medical attendance is available and they suffer from old age diseases
including disease chronic in nature.
The majority of the world’s poor are rural, and will remain so for
several decades. Poverty reduction programmes must therefore be refocused
on rural people if they are to succeed. Poverty is not genderneutral:
women enjoy less access to, and control over, land, credit, technology,
education, health care and skilled work.
Some 1.2 billion people worldwide consume less than a ‘standard’
dollar-a-day; they are in dollar poverty. 44% are in South Asia, about
24% each in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia, 75% of the dollar poor work
and live in rural areas; projections suggest that over 60% will continue
to do so in 2025
Progress in reducing rural poverty has stalled. In the 1990s, it fell
to less than one third of the rate needed to meet the United Nations’
commitment to halve world poverty by 2015. Although three quarters of
the world’s 1.2 billion extremely poor people live and work in rural
areas, aid to agriculture, their main source of income, has fallen by
"There are many animal cruelty issues in Asia, and many international
animal welfare organisations, but there are very few local groups.
In six short years, one female dog and her offspring can give birth to
Millions of households have pets, and billions of rupees are spent yearly
on pet supplies and food. But as a nation, we should take a hard, sobering
look at a different annual statistic: the millions of dogs left to die
on the streets.
Even though a dog is considered a man’s best friend, today, stray
dogs are viewed as a major menace – both in terms of hygiene and
risk of rabies.