Santaliya makes her home with her father and her mother. Cleaning is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Santaliya participates in church activities. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Santaliya to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Santaliya lives in the rural community of Samsi, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Santhal, Munda, Oraon and Majee.
The regional diet consists of fish, beans, rice, potatoes, chicken and plantains. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Samsi are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs electricity, clean water, scholastic materials and self-employment programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kandaran Child Development Center to provide Santaliya with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health checkups, hygiene supplies, cultural programs, tuition, drawing and handwriting competitions, health education and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide vocational training, meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Santaliya.
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