Debraj lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His father is sometimes employed as a teacher and his mother is sometimes employed as a teacher.
For fun, Debraj enjoys playing with marbles, walking and bicycling. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is below average.
Please remember Debraj in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Debraj lives in the community of Bosekati, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dengue, malaria, chickungunya (mosquito-borne virus) and thalassemia (blood disorder). Half the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, clean water, tuition assistance, scholastic materials and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bosekati CDC to provide Debraj with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, sports, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, cultural programs, community service opportunities, field trips, tutoring and progress monitoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and social awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Debraj.
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