Care for those in need
Education is a high priorty with Sharing Hands and they have set up many Education Centres in Dalit villages where people are now receiving education for the first time. The word “Dalit” comes from the Sanskrit root dal- and means “broken, ground-down, downtrodden, or oppressed.”
Dalits number about 170 million people in India, constituting 17% of the population. That means that about one out of every six Indians are Dalit, yet due to their caste identity Dalits regularly face discrimination and violence which prevent them from enjoying the basic human rights and dignity promised to all citizens of India.
The Sharing Hands Trust is a nationally registered organisation. It has been honoured with many great awards nationally and internationally for its untiring service to humanity. Sharing Hands has earned its place in the top 20 humanitarian aid organisations in India.
Sharing Hands has set up schools in many Dalit villages to educate the most underprivileged people groups in Indian society. There is no government funding involved and all finance is raised by donations from kind hearted sponsors or among the Christian churches in India.
Apart from caring for orphans, Sharing Hands has always been there to give a helping hand to those in need of it. It acted often as a first responder to natural disasters, like earthquakes, the tsunami, famines, floods and droughts etc.
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Clean Water Projects
One of our priority projects is providing the children with clean water. In many of the places where we work, children do not have access to clean drinking water. Women and children spend many hours each day walking long distances to collect water and bring it back. Water-borne diseases lead to a multitude of serious health problems, many life-threatening. It's hard to believe that more often than not, the clean water that is desperately needed is right underneath them.
Many children collect water from open ponds which are contaminated with waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, and cholera. Providing a well and pump system will provide them with clean safe drinking water.It is estimated that around 37.7 million Indians are affected by waterborne diseases annually and that 1.5 million children are estimated to die of diarrhoea alone. Water quality is also affected by floods and droughts and can also arise from lack of awareness and education among users.