In her home, Sangita helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sangita participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Volleyball, singing and art are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Sangita to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sangita lives in the rural community of Binnaguri, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Hindi.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, beans, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is tuberculosis. Half of the adults in Binnaguri are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and hygiene, income-generating programs and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Binnaguri Child Development Center to provide Sangita with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious meals, sports, cultural programs, community service opportunities, special celebrations, tutoring, field trips and handwriting classes. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and sanitation education and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Sangita.
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