Subir lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, caring for animals and washing clothes. There are 3 children in the family. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Subir participates in church activities. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and telling stories are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Subir will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Subir lives in the rural community of Naxalbari, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bengali and the most commonly spoken languages are Bengali and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, cholera, malaria and scabies. Most adults in Naxalbari are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs potable water, proper sanitation, literacy training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Naxalbari Child Development Center to provide Subir with Bible teaching, health screening and education, nutritious meals, field trips, opportunities for community service, tuition, and educational and social awareness workshops. The center staff will also provide training programs and monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Subir.
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 Kolkata