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Shima Akter  

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  • Age: 14
  • Birthday: December 25, 2001
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Bangladesh
  • Center: Chandrakona Child Sponsorship Program
  • Child ID: BD4101024
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Shima lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for making beds and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.

For fun, Shima enjoys playing with dolls, jumping rope and reading. She attends Bible class regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.

Please remember Shima in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Shima lives on the plains of Chandrakona, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of fish, rice and lentils.

Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, coughs and viral fevers. Most adults in Chandrakona work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $51 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, adult literacy programs, tuition assistance and permanent employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chandrakona Child Sponsorship Program to provide Shima with Bible teaching, nutrition supplements, medical treatment, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, special celebrations, tuition, tutoring, school attendance support, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Shima.
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: Northeast of Mymensingh

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.