The Rice Bucket Challenge is a variant of and response to the Ice Bucket Challenge that started in India and spread to other South Asian nations. Whereas the original Ice Bucket Challenge involved participants pouring a bucket of ice over their heads and/or donating to the ALS Association, the Rice Bucket Challenge involves donating a bucket of rice to a poor person or family. As an alternative to the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Rice Bucket Challenge served the dual purpose of highlighting water scarcity (in that the use of ice was considered expensive and wasteful) and poverty (in that a bucket of rice was considered a valuable donation by recipients).
There are a number of the population who live life on little or no income and live in Slums. The number of people is hard to measure as many of them do not want to be known or move around a lot to find food and money where possible. A large percentage of these people are children.