Swapan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Swapan works at home washing clothes and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Swapan enjoys hide-and-seek, running and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Swapan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Swapan lives in the community of Mankar, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Santhal, Lohar and Bauri. The most commonly spoken languages are Santhali and Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, viral fever and tuberculosis. Most adults in Mankar are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mankar Child Development Center to provide Swapan with Bible teaching, medical care, hygiene instruction, nutritious food, recreational activities, social events, tuition, tutoring and preschool classes. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and educational classes for the parents or guardians of Swapan.
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: Northwest of Kolkata