In his home, Ariwan helps by carrying water and gathering firewood. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, playing with marbles and art are Ariwan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Ariwan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ariwan lives in the community of Siliguri, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Bengali, Nepali, Santhal, Oraon and Munda.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include water-borne diseases and colds. Most adults in Siliguri are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. These communities need potable water, employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Siliguri Child Development Center to provide Ariwan with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, cultural programs, field trips, social events, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Ariwan.
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