Alpona lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alpona participates in Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and reading are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alpona will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alpona lives on the plains of Sherampara Santal, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Santal and the most commonly spoken languages are Santal and Bangla.
The regional diet consists of rice, lentils and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases, viral hepatitis and asthma. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $78 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, scholastic materials and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sherampara Child Sponsorship Program to provide Alpona with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene education, medical treatment, games and sports, special celebrations, picnics, tuition, tutoring, school uniforms, shoes and school attendance support. The center staff will also provide hygiene education and drug abuse prevention programs for the parents or guardians of Alpona.
Bangladesh is a small Asian country in the shadow of India. Mostly flat, the country sits on the eastern edge of the Indian Ocean. Bangladesh consists mostly of a low-lying river delta with a largely marshy jungle coastline on the Bay of Bengal. The country usually has a mild tropical winter, a hot, humid summer and a warm, rainy monsoon from June to October.
People in this extremely poor country are often landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land. Nearly two-thirds of Bangladeshis are employed in agriculture where rice is the single most important product. About 83 percent are Muslims, but Hindus constitute a 16 percent minority. Christians make up less than 1 percent of the population. Bengali is the official national language, but English is generally spoken in urban areas and used in higher education and government. Compassion works with children throughout the country.
Like India and many of its other neighbors, the area that is now Bangladesh came under British rule in the 18th century. A mounting clash between Muslims and Hindus lead to a battle that eventually created a deep chasm in Britain's empire. In 1947, British rule ended with the creation of Hindu-dominated India and Muslim-dominated East and West Pakistan. But a civil war over language and commerce between West Pakistan (present-day Pakistan) and East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) ensued from 1952 to 1971, when Pakistani forces surrendered and Bangladesh was established and became a parliamentary democracy under a constitution. Iajuddin Ahmed has been president since 2002.
Map of Bangladesh
Child's Location: South of Rangpur