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Sonali Soren  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: November 20, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Bangladesh
  • Center: Chalknirkhin Child Sponsorship Program
  • Child ID: BD2331160
    • Waiting: 294 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Sonali lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

Sonali is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity. She also attends Bible class regularly.

Because of your sponsorship, Sonali will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sonali lives on the plains of Chalknirkhin, home to approximately 11,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Santal.

The regional diet consists of fish, rice, potatoes and lentils. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, influenza, typhoid, pneumonia and malnutrition. Half the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chalknirkhin Child Sponsorship Program to provide Sonali with Bible teaching, health checkups, medical treatment, hygiene supplies, sports, special celebrations, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Sonali.
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: Northeast of Rajshahi

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.