Riyan lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Riyan participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Riyan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Riyan lives on the plains of Lothabari, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Bengali, Gorkhali/Nepali, Hindi, Sadri and Marwari.
The regional diet consists of chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, diarrhea and jaundice. Most adults in Lothabari work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lothabari Child Development Center to provide Riyan with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, community service opportunities, picnics, special celebrations, field trips, handwriting courses and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Riyan.
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: North of Kolkatta