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Leanna in India with World Vision

Leanna in India with World Vision

For girls in the developing world, gender equality isn't just about glass ceilings. It's about basic rights. Around the world, millions of girls are forced into harsh realities. Leanna has been meeting some of these girls and hearing their stories in India - and we're excited about hearing more once she returns to the airwaves! Here at Life FM we'd love you to stand with us and empower more girls to live their dreams, not live in fear. Become one of 1,000 Kiwis sponsoring a girl in the developing world over the next few weeks!  https://www.worldvision.org.nz/1000girls/

You can keep up to date with Leanna's travels below - and watch the highlight 'India Diaries' on our Instagram page!

What's it all about:

Life FM and World Vision believe all girls should be able to live a life free of fear. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of their stories as Leanna meets them in India, and we'd also like to ask you to consider if you will sponsor a girl in the developing world. You can learn more about how child sponsorship works, and benefits the whole community, over at https://www.worldvision.org.nz/1000girls/ 

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Here is a story from Nawada, in India:

Bihar is one of the most economically deprived states in India. Home to nearly 10 per cent of India's population, it consistently ranks poorly on a variety of development and health-related indicators. It has the lowest standard of living in India, and has the worst performance with child schooling. Communicable and nutritional conditions remain a major cause of death in the state, especially in the rural areas. The state is the home to the highest percentage of children under the age of five with a low height-for-age (stunting) amongst all the states--at 48.3 per cent. This is almost 10 percentage points above the national average of 38.4 per cent for children under-five who are stunted, as per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16). In fact, Bihar also has the highest share of severely stunted children under-five at 23.1 per cent.

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