Basudev lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for teaching others, gardening and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Basudev participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Ping pong, soccer and swimming are his favorite activities.
Please remember Basudev in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Basudev lives in the rural community of Kakdwip, home to approximately 15,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and have thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds, coughs and skin diseases. Most adults in Kakdwip work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, potable water and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kakdwip Child Development Center to provide Basudev with Bible teaching, medical exams, health education, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Basudev.
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