India Field Visit 2011

    Constructing Wells in Bihar

    Despite being the third largest state in India, with a population of 83 million, Bihar is described as India’s failed state. It has the lowest GDP per capita in the country and one seventh of all Indians living below the poverty line reside there. Read more.

    Education in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan is the largest state in India. Most people in Rajasthan grind out an insufficient and often inadequate existence in subsistence agriculture. Infrequent monsoon rains and low crop yields however have crippled the region’s economy in recent years and have led to almost famine-like conditions. Read more.

    Cataract Operations in Mangrol, Gujarat

    The district of Gujarat in Western India has a population of over 50 million, of which 9% is Muslim. Despite mainstream reports indicating Gujarat as being one of the wealthier states in India, UWT workers found poverty evident wherever they went. Read more.

    Ibn Al-Jawzi wrote:

    “When ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn died, they washed him and noticed a black mark on his back, so they (some of them) said: “What is this?” So they said: “He used to carry a sack of flour on his back during the night and used to distribute it to the poor and needy of the people of Madeenah.”

    [Sifat as-Safwah, 2/96]

    This February, Shoyeb Adat, UWT Project Manager, and Iqbal Rawat, UWT Project Director, travelled to India to assess the field work done by UWT.

    The aims of trip were twofold.  Firstly, the team would ensure that relief projects in India had been implemented to the high standards that the trust adheres to. Secondly, the team would identify and assess the scope for further projects in the area. The hope is to increase the capacity for humanitarian aid in the near future.