Bristi lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Bristi participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.
Please remember Bristi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Bristi lives on the plains of Hogladanga Das Para, home to approximately 1,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include fevers, tonsillitis, skin diseases, asthma and viral infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $32 per month. This community needs electricity, improved sanitation, educational materials, tuition assistance and job opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hogladanga Child Sponsorship Program to provide Bristi with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, medical treatment, field trips, cultural programs, tutoring, tuition, school supplies and school attendance support. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Bristi.
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: Southeast of Jessore