Twinnage in England & Wales (E&W), started with India, in particular with Kerala, but now covering the whole country. Its 1.2 billion inhabitants makes it second only to China. The economy is growing fast, based on traditional and new industries. 80% of the population are Hindu, 13% Muslim and just 2.3% Christian. In total £301,000 was sent out to India in the financial year ending in 2016.
- Twin to Twin: Around 1,530 Conferences in India are twinned with groups in E&W, some of whom have more than one twin. Each twin sends £150 pa resulting in £216,000 being sent to Conferences in India in 2016.
- Student Sponsorship: Education is very cheap but not always affordable to poor families. Technical training is particularly valuable (nursing, engineering, etc). Most sponsorship is for 3 or 4 years. School children can also be helped to afford books, uniforms, transport, etc. for even less.
- Small Projects: Conferences in India can apply for small grants to help families. This could include buying animals, building a simple house or latrine or buying sewing machines. It includes some micro financing for small businesses so the money is recycled and constantly renewed, £31,000 was sent to India in 2016.
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