Shyamsundar makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, telling stories and playing with marbles are Shyamsundar's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and camp.
Please remember Shyamsundar in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Shyamsundar 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 Shyamsundar 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 Shyamsundar.
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