Zidane lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed as a church worker and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, swimming and bicycling are Zidane's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Zidane will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Zidane lives on the plains of Baliadanga, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include viral fevers, asthma and skin diseases. Most adults in Baliadanga work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs adult literacy programs, educational materials and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baliadanga Child Sponsorship Program to provide Zidane with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, hygiene and health education, games, special celebrations, picnics, tuition, tutoring, uniforms, shoes and school attendance support. The center staff will also provide meetings and child care education for the parents or guardians of Zidane.
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 Jessore