In his home, Rahul helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Rahul enjoys playing a musical instrument, soccer and swimming. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Rahul in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rahul lives in the rural community of Kalinagore, home to approximately 3,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, waterborne illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Kalinagore work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $31 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation, primary schools and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kalinagore Child Development Center to provide Rahul with Bible teaching, retreats, medical exams, health instruction, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tuition and social events. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Rahul.
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: South of Kolkata