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Rifat Rony  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: May 23, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Bangladesh
  • Center: Choprapara Child Sponsorship Program
  • Child ID: BD2520132
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Rifat lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Rifat works at home carrying water. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Rifat enjoys soccer. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Please remember Rifat in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rifat lives on the plains of Choprapara, home to approximately 4,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes and lentils.

Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, viral hepatitis, typhoid, skin diseases and chicken pox. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $57 per month. This community needs pre-schools, tuition assistance and income-generating activities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Choprapara Child Sponsorship Program to provide Rifat with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical assistance, hygiene and health education, sports and games, special celebrations, tuition, tutoring, shoes, uniforms and school attendance support. Twenty-nine percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings and child care education for the parents or guardians of Rifat.
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: Northwest of Rangpur

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • 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.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

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 in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.