Hla lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Hla participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and reading are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Hla will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Hla lives in the hillside community of Balaghata Hebron Para, home to approximately 30,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Marma, Bawm, Tanchangya, Chakma, Tripura, Murong, Lushai and Chak and the most commonly spoken language is Bangla.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $59 per month. This community needs electricity, educational materials and income-supplementing activities during non-planting seasons.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hebron Child Sponsorship Program to provide Hla with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical treatment, physical exercises, special celebrations, field trips, citizenship classes, cultural activities, educational materials, school fees, tuition, tutoring, uniforms and shoes.
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 Chittagong