Soma lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Soma participates in church activities. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Swimming, bicycling and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Soma will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Soma lives in the community of Daisai, home to approximately 5,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, rice, potatoes and chicken. Common health problems in this area include waterborne diseases, jaundice, fevers and colds. Most adults in Daisai work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, literacy programs, libraries and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Daisai Child Development Center to provide Soma with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical screening, hygiene supplies, health education, sports, tuition and educational materials. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Soma.
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