The Plight of Women in India

'He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone... ' 1 Timothy 2:6a

The Need

  • Women in India remain one of the most disadvantaged groups in society.
  • This is especially true in slums, rural villages, and tribal areas.
  • Overall, 55% of women are literate versus 77% of men.
  • In tribal areas, just over 12% of women are literate.
  • India has a tribal population of over 84 million people
  • In slums, almost all women are illiterate.
Living Conditions for Most Women are Pathetic

For example, there are 3 colonies in the Chittor District, which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where there are 2,000 women who are:

  • Primarily agricultural workers or construction workers.
  • Subjected to backbreaking work.
  • Treated like slaves.
  • Paid less than $1 per day.
  • Abused sexually.
  • Totally illiterate.
  • Under the impression they don't have rights.
Young women cooking in their hut

Becoming literate immediately empowers these women, putting them in a position where they know their rights as citizens.

These women can be delivered from an abusive work situations.

They are enabled to secure a decent job paying 3-4 times their current wages.

Knowing Christ Gives Them
  • Dignity
  • Self-respect
  • Inner Strength
  • Most of all- Hope for this life and the next!

These women can be set free from physical and spiritual bondage and become EMPOWERED through literacy classes.

Handing out Literacy Primers
Ultimate Goal

To liberate 100,000 women from 10 states in India by enabling them to attend literacy classes featuring the Word of God.

 Nearly one-Half of the World’s Estimated 30 Million Slaves in India

The “Global Slavery Index” report released by the Walk Free Foundation estimated the number of people in the world affected by a range of practices, including forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, forced marriages, and the use of children in the military. India had the highest number of estimated slaves with 13.9 million, followed by: China with 2.9 million Pakistan with 2.1 million In India, forced marriage and child labor are common. (“India has nearly half of world’s estimated 30 million slaves, report says”,, October 17, 2013).

Literacy courses teach adults not only to read, but also to help stop the practice of forced marriages, and help people avoid the perils of forced and bonded labor.


The total cost of this project is $2,500,000 (100,000 women)

Cost per state $250,000 (10,000 women)

Will you help free and EMPOWER them?

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