In his home, Riaz helps by gathering firewood and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Riaz enjoys soccer, art and playing group games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Riaz in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Riaz lives on the plains of Chourkhuli, home to approximately 10,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tin and have dirt floors. The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, scabies, typhoid and tooth decay. Most adults in Chourkhuli work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs electricity, improved sanitation, adult literacy programs, food, medical facilities, educational materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chourkhuli Child Sponsorship Program to provide Riaz with Bible teaching, supplemental food, exercises, hygiene supplies, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring, tuition, school supplies and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Riaz.
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: East of Khulna