Mission E4 is partnering with two organizations in South Asia in order to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality, and in this way to promote progress and development there.
The region is home to well over one fifth of the world's population, making it both the most populous and most densely populated geographical region in the world. A vast array of cultures is found here—more than 2,200 diverse people-groups ranging from small tribal groups to those with populations in the hundreds of millions.
South Asia is the poorest region on the earth after Sub-Saharan Africa, with one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world (Global Hunger Index, 2008). More than 40% of the population in this region lived on less than $1.25 per day in 2005 (World Bank). One report stated that "the low status of women in South Asian countries and their lack of nutritional knowledge are important determinants of high prevalence of underweight children in the region". Illiteracy in villages has been found to be one of the major issues that needs more attention.
Mission E4 supports teachers who are providing South Asians with the resources for improving their lives--through greater job opportunities and even the ability to speak to the global community through the use of the English language. (Statistics from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asia.)