Prabhat lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Prabhat participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Prabhat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Prabhat lives in the rural community of Sadri, home to approximately 13,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sadri, Boro and Oraons and the most commonly spoken language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, rice, potatoes and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases and malaria. Most adults in Sadri are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, tuition assistance, income-generating programs and family counseling.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Satali Child Development Center to provide Prabhat with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious meals, exercise, sports, cultural programs, community service opportunities, special celebrations, tutoring and field trips. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, HIV/AIDS awareness education and child development training for the parents or guardians of Prabhat.
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