Orissa

Orissa

Orissa is now known as Odisha, and is an Indian state which is part of a group of states that make up the jungle region of eastern India. Orissa is home to several indigenous tribal groups and represents a wide cultural mix. Orissa is situated by the Bay of Bengal, and is the 9th largest state by area in India.

India

Eastern Jungle Region

  • Parents in this region work at whatever jobs they can find. For their hard work, they earn very little. Parents in this region work at whatever jobs they can find. For their hard work, they earn very little.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Compassion in eastern India, where girls are marginalized, is dedicated to the education and development of girls and boys equally. Compassion in eastern India, where girls are marginalized, is dedicated to the education and development of girls and boys equally.
  • To battle malnutrition, common in India's jungle villages, Compassion centers provide regular, nutritious meals. To battle malnutrition, common in India's jungle villages, Compassion centers provide regular, nutritious meals.
  • Homes in eastern India's jungle villages are small, simple constructions that are vulnerable to heavy seasonal rains. Homes in eastern India's jungle villages are small, simple constructions that are vulnerable to heavy seasonal rains.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Many parents work on local farms as day laborers, using primitive farming tools and techniques. Many parents work on local farms as day laborers, using primitive farming tools and techniques.
 
INDIA OVERVIEW

Population

1,236,344,631

Religion

Hindu

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Eastern India Jungle Region Indonesia Overview
  • Parents typically work at menial day-labor jobs that don’t pay nearly enough to support a family.
  • Since parents are typically uneducated themselves, they don’t recognize the importance of education for their children.
  • Instead of going to school, children are more likely to work alongside their parents as agricultural laborers, or collecting and selling firewood from the forest.
  • Girls, considered an economic liability, are expected to help with household chores and care for younger siblings until their early teen years, when they are eligible for marriage.
  • Entire families often relocate to nearby cities during the monsoon season, when jobs in the local fields are sparse.
  • Caught in the trap of poverty, family instability, child labor and early marriage, children miss out not only on their education, but also on the simple pleasures of childhood.
COMMUNITY
India Community
Issues and Concerns

The impoverished, uneducated villagers in eastern India have few options for earning an income. Most engage in subsistence rice farming, but frequent drought makes this a precarious livelihood.

Some have menial jobs, such as selling produce in the local market, working as laborers on construction sites, or gathering and selling firewood from the jungle.

The average daily income of people in the jungle region is the equivalent of less than $2 per day. Most families eat only one daily meal.

Because of the lack of understanding about hygiene and consuming water from contaminated sources, children suffer unnecessarily from preventable illnesses.

Medical facilities in this region are scarce and ill-equipped.

Family life for children is also often unsafe, because alcohol consumption is an accepted cultural practice and alcohol abuse is common.

Local Needs and Challenges

Food & Clean Water

Children face many challenges in their struggle against poverty. Malnutrition is widespread, and the lack of adequate sanitation and safe water threatens the well-being of children.

Abuse

Domestic violence is also a problem throughout the region, and early child marriage and discrimination against girls are common.

Education

Schools are inadequate, and illiteracy is a serious issue. Children often drop out of school to work or care for younger siblings while their parents work.

EDUCATION
India education
Schools and Education
  • Public schools in the rural jungle region do not offer high-quality education.
  • Lack of adequate pay means there are few qualified teachers.
  • Children crowd into ill-equipped classrooms, where one teacher must manage up to 45 students.
  • Children often drop out of school to work at menial jobs to supplement their family’s income.
  • Because parents in this area are uneducated themselves, they don’t recognize the value of school attendance for their children.
At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion partners with local worship centers in eastern India’s jungle region to ensure that children have the resources and learning opportunities they need to overcome poverty.

Assisted children receive extra tutoring to help them excel educationally.

Teens are provided training in skills such as automobile repair and carpentry to enable them to become economically self-sufficient.

For parents, Compassion centers conduct awareness programs about the importance of children’s education and nutrition, as well as the dangers of child labor and early child marriage.

Centers also provide training for parents in improved farming methods and a variety of income-producing options.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local worship centers, Compassion is bringing help and hope to children in need in eastern India’s jungle region, providing them with:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • health and hygiene training
  • access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children