Sidharth lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Sidharth enjoys soccer, swimming and singing. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Sidharth to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Sidharth lives in the community of Gumba Hatta, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo, wood or brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Nepali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, rice, potatoes, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, leprosy and anemia. Most adults in Gumba Hatta are unemployed but some work as day laborers on tea plantations and earn the equivalent of $29 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, schools, employment opportunities, clean water and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kalimpong Child Development Center to provide Sidharth with Bible teaching, health care, food, clothing, sports, community service opportunities, picnics, tuition and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings, hygiene education and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Sidharth.
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