Toma lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Toma enjoys playing house and reading. She attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Toma will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Toma lives on the plains of Das Para, home to approximately 4,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, earthen walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral fevers, malnutrition, skin diseases, diarrhea, dysentery and eye problems. Most adults in Das Para work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $43 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, adult literacy classes and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Katipara Child Sponsorship Program to provide Toma with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, hygiene and health education, games, special celebrations, picnics, tuition, tutoring, uniforms, shoes and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings and child care education for the parents or guardians of Toma.
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: Southwest of Khulna