In her home, Joti helps by running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joti participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity.
Please remember Joti in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Joti lives on the plains of Koya, home to approximately 5,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral fevers, diarrhea, dysentery, scabies, colds and coughs. Most adults in Koya work as day laborers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $41 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials, adult literacy programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Koya Child Sponsorship Program to provide Joti with Bible teaching, nutrition supplements, hygiene and health education, sports, special celebrations, picnics, tuition, tutoring, school attendance support, uniforms and shoes. Twenty-nine percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Joti.
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