Message From Our Director
Dr. Abu Adil
We are going through a period of huge global transformations, a mass emergence from poverty towards wealth, and the rise of Asia, economically and politically. Here in India, we are right in the middle of everything. We have witnessed a lot of growth around us in the last few years. These are remarkable achievements. But still, as a Lower Middle Income Country, we have a long way to go.
We have bigger questions as a nation we need to be thinking about how to make that transformation a sustainable one?
As an organization, we have to think about What we can do at Kelley Memorial Society to make sure that those gains are stable?
Firstly India has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources despite a population of over 1.3 billion. In the hot & dry summer season that percentage drops even lower when the rivers and water reservoirs dry up, resulting in even more water scarcity. Clean drinking water is a dream for many living in rural regions. Communities all around us struggle with the question of where to access water? Women often walk for miles to get water for basic household use.
Secondly, Available health care is another big problem. 31% of our rural population has to travel over 30 miles to get medical treatment, even in the most urgent situations. Due to the non-accessibility of health care and the low quality of health care services that are available, a majority of people in rural India suffer in a myriad of ways that are preventable with proper treatment.
Lack of education is the third issue our communities suffer from. India is among the top 10 nations with the highest number of primary-aged children who do not attend school, which contributes to high illiteracy rates. One main reason behind this startling reality is poverty. For the underprivileged people in India, education is perceived as out of reach, a high-priced luxury they can’t afford.
We at Kelley Memorial Society are trying to bring transformation to these big problems with the mindset of love. We have done some tremendous work helping these communities develop self-sustaining systems that allow them to fight against these big issues. Through our projects, we work towards the goal of developing self-reliant communities. However, helping communities become self-reliant is a process that does not happen overnight. It takes hard work, patience, resources, and a community of people who believe in the work. Despite the difficulties, I believe God is doing some wonderful things over here. This is all happening because of you. Your support and encouragement, your love and kindness enabled us to go and share the love with others.
I look forward to us working together on this exciting and important work. Together we will continue to witness the transformations occurring in families, villages, and communities over here in this part of the world. Thank you so much once again for all of your love. May God bless you all.