Saheba makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, sewing and buying or selling in the market are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Saheba participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Art, walking and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Saheba will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Saheba lives in the rural community of Ambagan, home to approximately 12,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have cement floors. The primary ethnic group and language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, beans, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Ambagan are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs water, employment opportunities and an adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ambagan Child Development Center to provide Saheba with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health checkups, hygiene supplies, health education, cultural programs on national holidays, picnics, arts and crafts and handwriting and drawing classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and health education for the parents or guardians of Saheba.
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