As the owner of Shear Miracle Organics, a 100% natural ingredient hair, skin and body care company, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to consider giving to our annual fundraising effort. Since we began in 2005, a goal of our company has been to create a "Shear Miracle" in the lives of women and children. Last year, through a close friend, I became aware of a girls' orphanage in Calcutta, India that was in desperate need of funding. I watched a short movie about them and found out that our family had connections to this orphanage through our church! I was deeply moved through this and wanted to help.
Why are the girls in the Theotokos Orphanage called 'The Lucky Girls'?
• There are 20 million street children in India. • Over 59 million children in India have no access to school. • One out of two children between the ages of 6 and 14 has no access to primary education. • Out of 27 million children born in India every year, 2 million do not survive to celebrate their first birthday. • About 60 million Indian children under the age of 6 live below the poverty line. 500,000 children are forced into this commercial sex trade every year. • 1 out of every 3 girls does not live to see her 15th birthday. • Every sixth girl child’s death is due to gender discrimination, 3 more girls than boys die every year. • 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate. • 5.2 million HIV/ AIDS infected children • 31% of infants are born with low birth-weight • 7% of infants die before their 1st birthday • 46% of children under 5 are malnourished • Statistics reveal that India has 17 million child labourers -- the highest in the world. • Under the age group of 5- 14 years, 4.02 % of children engaged in economic activities. • Total of 6.75% children at work, of which 4.73% are boys and 8.93% are girls • Sex Ratio under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female • Infant mortality rate: 57.92 • Children Underweight Rate: 18% • Life expectancy at birth > Male: 63.9 years Life expectancy at birth, years > Females: 63
Let's help the Orphanage help more children stay out of these statistics & become truly Lucky Girls.
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