In his home, Johan helps by carrying water. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is employed as a project worker. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Johan participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Johan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Johan lives in the hillside community of Ruma, home to approximately 7,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo with thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bawm, Marma and Tripura and the most commonly spoken languages are Bawn, Marma and Bangla.
The regional diet consists of bananas, guinea pig, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs access to clean drinking water, stable employment opportunities and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ruma Child Sponsorship Program to provide Johan with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, exercise, special celebrations, field trips, cultural activities, educational materials, school fees, tutoring, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Johan.
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: Southeast of Chittagong