Bikash lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water and caring for animals. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Bikash participates in church activities. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Please remember Bikash in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Bikash lives on the plains of Dulalpara, home to approximately 13,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes and lentils. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, viral hepatitis, typhoid, asthma, skin diseases and chicken pox. Half of the adults in Dulalpara are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $46 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials, employment opportunities and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dulalpara Child Sponsorship Program to provide Bikash with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, hygiene education, immunizations, games and sports, picnics, special celebrations, tuition, tutoring, uniforms, shoes and school attendance support. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Bikash.
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: North of Rajshahi