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Books Are Vital

In low-income neighborhoods, there is ONE age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Compare that with middle-income neighborhoods, where the ratio of books to children is 13:1.

This is completely unacceptable - kids cannot learn to read, much less learn to love reading - without books to read!

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Writers On the Magic of Reading

What is the point of literature? How does it enrich our lives? And why do we keep going back? Hear what renowned authors have to say »

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Prevent Exploitation: Send a Child to School

218 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are involved in child labor, worldwide - 126 million of which work in hazardous conditions, where they may endure beatings, humiliation, and sexual exploitation by their employers.

In India, child labor is just one inevitability in the cycle of poverty. When families struggle to put food on the table, children are sent to work to earn extra money for the family to survive. But it is the system of child labor that lowers average wages, and leaves adults in low-paying, unskilled work, or out of work completely. Employers can pay children much less, and find their size and agility ideal for hazardous physical work such as mining and manufacturing jobs. Kept out of school, these children are unable to get high–skilled work as adults, and the cycle of poverty continues.

Education is key in fighting human trafficking and child labor, so the children of India can grow up to a better future. The NEST (Non-formal Education and Skills Training) Program is working to establish schools in impoverished communities, where the children are most vulnerable to exploitation.

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