In his home, Peter helps by carrying water and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Peter enjoys ping pong, art and reading. He attends church activities and choir regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Peter will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Peter lives in the mountainous community of Kanchrapara, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bengali and the most commonly spoken languages are Bengali and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, jaundice, typhoid, gastro-intestinal infections and malnutrition. Most adults in Kanchrapara work as industrial laborers and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community has electricity but needs water, food, clothing and income-supplementing training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kancherapara Child Development Center to provide Peter with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutrition and health education, hygiene supplies, social skills training, field trips, tuition and life skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting skills training for the parents or guardians of Peter.
Compassion opened its East India office in July of 2002 in Kolkata, (formerly Calcutta), the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is located on India's east coast just above the Bay of Bengal near the Ganges River. Kolkata has a tropical climate. The office serves children in the states of West Bengal: Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, and Mizoram.
The aforementioned states, once the cradle of rich ancient Indian civilizations, are now among the poorest in the country. A large percentage of the population in this area is tribal and poor. The main religions are Hinduism and animism. The languages spoken in these areas are Odiya (formerly Oriya), Bengali, Chattisgarhi, Nepali, Mizo, and many tribal dialects and Hindi. This part of India is so resistant to the gospel that evangelists call it the "Graveyard Of Missions."
The people of India have had a civilization since 2500 B.C., when the inhabitants of the Indus River valley developed an urban culture based on commerce and sustained by agricultural trade. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., probably due to ecological changes. Soon after, India succumbed to British rule for nearly two centuries before Mohandas Gandhi and other native Indians led peaceful protests to gain independence. British rule over India lasted until 1947. Since then, political instability, religious violence and tense relations with its Pakistani neighbors have troubled this beautiful part of the country.
Map of India
Child's Location: North of Kolkata