hi Bill,
you are right when you say that each should do their bit to help. i work in educating children, helping them to read and write. this i am able to do at a local missionary school. i started teaching because i felt that education is the only way to remove economic disparity among various sections of society. but sadly i find that there is not one magic wand. the parents of children i work with spend the entire day just keeping a roof over their heads and food in their tummies.
they are not able to take advantage of simple government policies( as for example, the Delhi govt. has a scheme that give rs one lac to each girl child who competes class 10) due to lack of documentary proof such as birth certificates and residence proofs. this problem can only be solved when numerous people work at it from various angles.