In his home, Apurba helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Apurba enjoys soccer, swimming and singing. He attends Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Apurba in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Apurba lives in the community of Krishnapur, home to approximately 110,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and bamboo roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malaria and chicken pox. Most adults in Krishnapur work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs potable water, proper sanitation and educational assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kestopur Child Development Center to provide Apurba with Bible teaching, medical care, recreational activities, nutritious meals, hygiene supplies, cultural programs, field trips, opportunities for community services, coaching and progress monitoring. The center staff will also provide meetings, Bible teaching and social awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Apurba.
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: East of Kolkata