Benson lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Benson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and walking are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Benson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Benson lives in the hillside community of Munnuam Para, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bawm, Marma and Tripura and the most commonly spoken languages are Bawm, Marma and Bangla.
The regional diet consists of guinea pig and rice. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Munnuam Para work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community has water but needs improved sanitation, electricity, educational materials and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Munnuam Para Child Sponsorship Program to provide Benson with Bible teaching, nutrition supplements, exercises, special celebrations, field trips, citizenship classes, educational materials, tuition, uniforms, shoes and cultural activities. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Benson.
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: East of Chittgong