Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Waiting Indian children

Here is a list of waiting children in India. India is the 2ND most populated country (next to China) in the world. While India is a rich country, it is severely over crowded and all the money is in the hands of the upper 10% of the population. As the poor get poorer, and we also see an increase of AIDS, kids are abandoned more. This list has mostly older waiting boys. Some of them are really very healthy and look like great kids just needing a home. You can not change the world but you can change the world for one! Single women can adopt from India. Large families can not adopt...but I don't know if that rule applies to SN kids? Here are some facts and agencies that do India adoption.

One billion people live in India. India's land mass is 3,287,263 square kilometers.

12 million children are currently orphans in India. This is more than the entire population of the state of Georgia.

Over half of the world’s illiterate population lives in India.

Some 30 million children are not attending school.

Polio cases occurring on average each year is less than 10 in the US. In India it is estimated that 200,000 cases occur each year.

The malnutrition status of the U.S. is less than 7%; in India it is as high as 69%.

There are more than 200 million cases of worm infestation in India and nearly 50,000 die annually.

The world totals 10 million cases of leprosy. More than 3 million of these are in India.

Nearly 1 million children die each year in India from Diarrhea.

Infant mortality rate = 79 per 1000 (US = 9 per 1000).