Why do we work in India?

Despite a dominant narrative of prosperity and upward mobility, the eight poorest states of India contain more people living in absolute poverty than in Africa’s 26 poorest countries combined. With income disparities widening and intensifying gender inequality, it is important to continue providing hope and opportunity to the 645 million citizens who have no access to India’s new found wealth.

At World Literacy Canada, we focus our programming in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh – the most populous and impoverished in the country. With a population of 200 million, Uttar Pradesh would rank as the world’s 5th largest country if it were independent.