Anima lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, sewing and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Anima participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Jumping rope and bicycling are her favorite activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Anima because she is crippled in one arm. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Anima lives in the forested community of Patharhuri, home to approximately 4,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are the Bhumij and Munda tribes and the most commonly spoken language is Santhali.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include scabies, malnutrition, typhoid and dysentery. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools, qualified teachers and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Patharhuri Child Development Center to provide Anima with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health screenings, medical treatment, group games, leadership activities, tuition and tutoring. The center staff will also provide skills training for the parents or guardians of Anima.
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: Southwest of Kolkata