Etun lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Etun participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and reading are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Etun to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Etun lives in the hillside community of Daine Atharockchara, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo or tin floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin diseases, diarrhea and typhoid. Most adults in Daine Atharockchara are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $41 per month. This community needs electricity, safe drinking water, tuition assistance, scholastic materials and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Daine Atharockchara to provide Etun with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health screenings, hygiene supplies every month, cultural activities, special celebrations, picnics, tutoring, scholastic materials, school fees, shoes and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide spiritual seminars, health education and child care training for the parents or guardians of Etun.
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 Chittagong