In her home, Purnima helps by running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Purnima enjoys playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Purnima to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Purnima lives in the plains of Koshigari, home to approximately 3,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Santali and the most commonly spoken language is Bangla.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes and lentils. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers, skin diseases and malnutrition. Most adults in Koshigari work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs improved schools, scholastic materials, income generating training and literacy classes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Koshigari Child Sponsorship Program to provide Purnima with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, picnics, dancing classes, school fees, tutoring, uniforms, shoes and school bags. The center staff will also provide child protection training and meetings for the parents or guardians of Purnima.
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