From the peaks of the Himalayas to the white-sandy beaches of Goa, India's landscape and terrain alone will have your senses running wild. Vibrant colors drape temples, store-fronts, and people alike, while the smells of freshly boiled chai and a hard day's work linger on the crowded streets. Ruled by the Mughals, governed by the Portuguese, and captured by the British Raj, India boasts a rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Since gaining independence in 1947, India has become the world's largest democracy and is on its way to becoming the world's most populous nation. Bordered by nations like China, Nepal, and Pakistan, India has been a dominant economic force, gaining the accolade of fastest growing major economy. With numerous languages, archaic traditions and people, tourists flock from all over the world to experience India's unique culture.
One of the most significant issues plaguing India (and our world) is human trafficking. The trafficking of persons is a 9 billion dollar industry and is estimated to be the fastest growing enterprise of the 21st century. With its loose borders and vulnerable people groups, India is both a source and transit country for human trafficking with its sex industry holding captive an estimated 2 million sex workers. Of those 2 million, it is estimated that 20 percent are under the age of 16. Weak legal landscapes paired with factors such as gender discrimination, family violence, and a lack of access to education and economic opportunity provide traffickers with ample victims. Rescuing agencies work day in and day out to combat human trafficking and to bring freedom person by person. It is these newly freed people you will be serving and loving. Your generosity, joy, and sacrifice will be key components in the restoration of their self-worth and dignity, ultimately restoring their hope for a prosperous future. In return, you will see the faces of redemption, an unadulterated beauty worthy of far more than words can describe.
Income less than $100 per month:
India has exceptional poverty levels. Wikipedia shows that about 30% of the population lives on less than $3.10 per day.
Per Capita GDP (Goods and Services Per Person):
United States $55,800
World Average $15,800
Percentage With Access To Improved Water Sources:
United States 99%
World Average 91%
Percentage With Access To Improved Sanitation:
United States 100%
World Average 86%
Percentage With Internet Access:
United States 87%
World Average 39%
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India is hot and humid. Its coastal nature and tropical location ensures temperatures don't fluctuate much throughout the year. The maximum average temperature lands around 100°F in summer and 80°F in the winter.
India is known throughout the world for its many lip-smacking dishes and distinctive cuisine. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, the dishes in India boast of rich taste, fieriness and unique flavors. Its cuisine covers a large assortment of interesting, one-of-a-kind dishes complete with zest and tang. When dining like a local, prepare your tastebuds for rice, aromatic fish curries, Indian bread (naan and rotis--think flatbread), vegetable curries, stir fry, and syrup-drenched desserts. Coconuts, cashew nuts, peanut oil, potatoes, chilies, garlic, cardamom, and coriander are some of the major ingredients used in many of India's traditional dishes. Also popular are India's delectable chaats, their use of spices, and masala chai tea. While everything you eat will have an Indian flare, there are many continental restaurants boosting foods from around the globe to satisfy a more bland palate.
India is about 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2% Christian, and 2% Sikh.
Do's & Don'ts
Indian Standard Time (IST) doesn't change like our daylight savings time. So during the winter (after we fall back) they are 10.5 hours ahead of us. During our summer (after we spring forward) they are 9.5 hours ahead of us. We know that 0.5 is tricky, but that's the way India works. When in doubt, just Google 'What time is it in India?' and you'll get an accurate answer.
Hindi Words & Phrases
There are 122 major languages & 1,599 other languages. Hindi and yes, we're serious, English are the official languages in India.
Quick reference to some common words and phrases: