Shilon lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include 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, Shilon participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Soccer and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Shilon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shilon lives on the plains of Gilatola, home to approximately 5,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, chicken pox, viral hepatitis, diarrhea, dysentery, scabies and fevers. Most adults in Gilatola work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $49 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, adult literacy programs and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gilatola Child Sponsorship Program to provide Shilon with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, games, special celebrations, picnics, tuition, shoes and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Shilon.
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 Khulna