07 reasons to volunteer in India
India-IT capital of world. As we know India is developing with a very fast growth rate. India is becoming super power and it has proved its capabilities in launching spaceship on Mars in first attempt, and placed a record globally. But even after that there are numerous challenges India is facing and need global support. Here are some where individuals and groups like you can support and assist;
Education and skills: India has 487 million workers, but more than two-thirds of Indian employers report that they struggle to find workers with the right skills. This contrast points to clear opportunities ahead, while posing serious questions as to how India can get the best out of its people through education and training. India’s rank in the Forum’s Human Capital Report is 78th of 122 countries.
Urbanization: More than one-third of Indians live in cities. It is estimated that, by 2050, as many as 900 million people will be living in urban centers. Meeting their needs while safeguarding the environment will require innovative models of urban development.
Health: India faces the double burden of infectious diseases and a dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases, now estimated to account for more than half of all deaths. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory conditions and type 2 diabetes, all of which affected over 63 million Indians in 2012 alone. Apart from causing individual tragedies, these diseases are also are a major economic threat. According to a study by the Forum in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health, India stands to lose $6.15 trillion due to non-communicable diseases and mental disorders by 2030.
Sanitation: Many health challenges are linked to sanitation. Narendra Modi announced a special focus on this topic. Linking a clean environment to human capital productivity is an issue that should be looked at as an investment and not a cost. The challenge is to identify and implement the right way to provide 1.2 billion Indians with a clean environment.
Gender: There is a need for India to closely examine the norms that allow violence and a broader pattern of gender discrimination to continue. The gender gap holds back economies all around the world. Any society that does not value women as much as men is not reaching its full potential.
Water scarcity: India’s large population places a severe strain on its natural resources, and most of its water sources are contaminated by sewage and agricultural run-off. While progress has been made, gross disparities in access to safe water remain. The World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water, and diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily.
Transparency: The vast majority of Indians say transparency is their number one concern, according to polls before the recent election, with figures peaking at over 90% among young voters. People are right to be concerned. Transparency issues are not just a daily irritation, they are a drag on the whole economy, hampering competitiveness, growth and development. For example, corruption in connection with border administration – and the associated inefficiencies, delays and lack of predictability – is part of the explanation for India ranking 96th out of 138 countries in the Forum’s latest Global Enabling Trade Report. India is home to 23% of the world’s population, but sees only 2% of global trade.
So India is in real need of volunteers who can contribute their time, efforts, dedication, love, support and care to help the communities in need. Why to wait for invitation, when you can apply to a volunteer program directly, check our our website and choose a program you can fit in to and fill online application form.
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