"Hundreds of millions are trapped by caste and gender discrimination and by the cycle of poverty, child labour, no education, poverty. These people endure some of the worst conditions experienced anywhere in the world. For instance, an Indian child is more likely to be malnourished, have inadequate sanitation, not attend school, remain illiterate and marry underage, than is a child from Africa or any other global region." MORE

"I have learned so much from my teacher. He provided me with insights into the world which I want to belong to. When I grow up, I would like to become like him so that I can guide others like me the same way.

I never believed I could ever continue my studies. The Children of Hope School, near my slum home, has brought such joy to me and my family. I will not let anyone down. I will make the most of this opportunity and make my family proud." Ajay.