Trócaire Lent 2013 – Religious Education

Trócaire’s work in India


India, land of over one billion people, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. However, India is also home to one third of the world’s poor.

Inequalities continue to exist between the rich and the poor and as its economy continues to thrive, India’s poorest are being left behind.

Trócaire works in the state of Odisha, formally known as Orissa. 47% of the 41 million people living in Odisha, live on less than 28 cents/23p a day. Odisha has the second highest infant mortality rate in India.

In the rural area of the Koraput District, female literacy rates are as low as 32%.

Like all of the countries that Trócaire works in around the world, we work in partnership with local groups and organisations in Odisha. Partnership for Trócaire means supporting communities to stand up for their rights and building a better future for their families.

The Indian government has put support schemes in place to help the poorest sections of society. But many people living in the poorest, most remote villages of Odisha are illiterate, uneducated and unaware of their rights. Trócaire and our local partners work with, organise, educate and empower poor, rural communities about their rights and the supports available to them from the government.

If you would like to learn more about Trócaire’s work and this year’s Lent campaign you can see slideshows and videos on

To learn more about Ambika the little girl on this year’s Trócaire box and life in her village of Jhilligoan, Odisha.To find out more about Trócaire log on to


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About The Author

Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.  We were set up in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest people.