Owaleda lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Owaleda participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Swimming, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Owaleda will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Owaleda lives in the community of Dhulia Baroz, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, rice, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, fevers and dengue. Most adults in Dhulia Baroz work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs literacy programs, income-generating activities and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Muneer Child Development Center to provide Owaleda with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, special celebrations, health education, cultural programs, tutoring, educational materials and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Owaleda.
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: Southeast of Calcutta