India is a vast and vibrant country. Rich in culture, history, and people. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country in the world with over 1.3 billion people, and the most populous of all the worlds' democracies.
India is the birthplace to several world religions including Hinduism and Buddhism. Over 80% of the population are Hindu, while 13% are Muslim, and merely 3% of the people are Christian. It is a deeply spiritual place, where even government parties are often affiliated with religion. And temples, churches, and mosques are the most popular type of tourist attraction you will see in India.
The caste system is a pyramid of social divisions. A less talked about part of Indian culture is the caste system. On top are the Brahmins (Priests), who are the ultimate authorities. They have been the caretakers of the system. The Brahmins are the pinnacle of the pyramid under them is the Kshatryas, the warriors and landlords. Another step down is the Vaisyas, the artisans and tradesmen. At the bottom are the Shudras. They are the unskilled laborers, and make up the overwhelming majority. However, there is one more caste level, the lowest of the low - seen as the dregs of society. This subterranean caste is known as Dalits (the untouchables or outcasts). The rest of society regards them as they would regard a stray dog. Even touching or interacting with one of these individuals is seen as gross spiritual pollution.
FIM is located in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in a small village called Kotipalli. This state is known as the "rice bowl" of India and located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It's people speak predominantly Telugu. Kotipalli village is the hub of all of FIM's work; however we reach every village in the local area by spreading God’s Love in action.