Samiul lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Samiul enjoys playing with friends. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Samiul in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Samiul lives on the plains of Maliapota, home to approximately 4,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Maliapota are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water, vocational training and knowledge on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maliapota Child Development Center to provide Samiul with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Samiul.
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