Education and awareness are the first steps to understanding and solving any issue

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Education of the children live in utter poverty

India, one of the largest democracies in the World has a Population of over 1.2 billion as of today. Most of the people in India are living below the poverty line and are facing many problems, viz., lack of food, shelter, health care, education and un-employment and thus the people live in utter poverty. Poverty has always been recognized as the major cause of uneducated children. Poverty brings on lack of ability to provide education to their children. 

One of the Important goal of UMED Foundation is to achieve universal primary education. We have set a target that by 2025 all children in the Western Maharashtra, Kokan and Marathwada should be able to complete primary education.

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Environmental Sustainability

India’s environmental performance is one of the worst in the world. On environmental health, it’s the worst.

A global index places India 177th place in a list of 180 countries ranked on their environmental performance. Only the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh and Burundi place lower.

The Economic Performance Index (EPI) measures rankings against 24 indicators across ten categories. These are grouped into two policy objectives: environmental health and ecosystem vitality. On ecosystem vitality, India ranks 140th. On environmental health, India is bottom of the list. 

Poor air quality is ‘the leading environmental threat to public health’ according to the EPI. India’s rank on air quality is far from ideal. It comes in at 178th place – third from the bottom, just ahead of Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Poverty and Poor Health

Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health. Poverty increases the chances of poor health. Poor health, in turn, traps communities in poverty. Infectious and neglected tropical diseases kill and weaken millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people each year.

The cost of doctors’ fees, a course of drugs and transport to reach a health center can be devastating, both for an individual and their relatives who need to care for them or help them reach and pay for treatment. In the worst cases, the burden of illness may mean that families sell their property, take children out of school to earn a living or even start begging.

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Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters act as a reminder to the humankind of the increasing frequency of natural calamities which can be linked to climate change and unchecked development. India is vulnerable to a wide range of natural hazards, particularly flooding, cyclones, drought, extreme heat waves, landslides, wildfire, and earthquakes. Studies show that, as a result of climate change, the intensity, duration and frequency of weather-related shocks are likely to increase.  In India, vulnerability to natural hazards is exacerbated by high population density and growth in urban and coastal areas. 

The main reason behind the disaster was the widespread heavy rains that led to flash floods in all the major river valleys in Maharashtra. The heavy rains also caused landslides at several locations. 

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