With a population of 1.2 billion, India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Despite the economic growth, 32.7 percent of the population lives under the poverty line on a meager income of 68 Rupees a day—that translates to $1.25 US dollars a day. What are the causes of this dismal poverty and why is it that in a country of growth, expansion, and economic boom, millions continue to live on sparse wages?
Voice for the Deprived (VFTD) is a non-profit organization attempting to answer these questions. VFTD is dedicated to finding answers by providing the underserved and underprivileged a platform to amplify their voice. The passionate VFTD team aims to compile the data they’ve collected into a documentary they can use to help increase resources for the underserved and draw awareness to the day-to-day issues they face.
In 2012-2013 Martin served as a science advisor in the U. S. Department of State primarily in the Kanika Monga is a third year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine student and founder of Voice for the Deprived. Ritik Tiwari, also a third year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine student, is actively involved with Voice for the Deprived. For more information about Voice for the Deprived, visit their website at voicefordeprived.org/home.html.