Fahim lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Fahim enjoys soccer, art and hide-and-seek. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Fahim in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Fahim lives in the hillside community of Darogapara, Ramgorh, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Marma, Tripura and Garo.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and lentils. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, fevers, dog bites, malaria, typhoid and diarrhea. Most adults in Darogapara, Ramgorh, work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs clean water, electricity, proper sanitation, scholastic materials and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ramgorh Child Sponsorship Program to provide Fahim with Bible teaching, medical treatment, nutritious food, special celebrations, field trips, picnics, educational materials, school fees, tutoring, uniforms and shoes. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and child care education for the parents or guardians of Fahim.
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: North of Chittagong