Chhitich lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and listening to music are Chhitich's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Chhitich in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Chhitich lives on the plains of Mirik, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are English, Gorkha, Bengali and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, diarrhea and jaundice. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mirik Child Development Center to provide Chhitich with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, scholastic materials and skills development programs. The center staff will also provide alcohol abuse awareness programs and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Chhitich.
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