Sayan makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for animals and cleaning are his household duties. 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, Sayan participates in church activities. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Sayan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Sayan lives on the plains of Tarakeshwar, home to approximately 10,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include scabies, diarrhea, jaundice and malaria. Most adults in Tarakeshwar are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, awareness on the importance of education and training in income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Discipleship Child Development Center to provide Sayan with Bible teaching, nutritious food, sports, medical checkups, special celebrations, tutoring, educational materials, vocational training, health education and cultural programs. The center staff will also provide Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Sayan.
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: Northeast of Kolkata