Payal lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Payal participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and running are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Payal will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Payal lives on the plains of Tulsipara, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bengalis, Gorkhas, Marwaris, Adivasis, Muslims and Biharis.
The regional diet consists of chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, diarrhea and jaundice. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and alcohol abuse awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tulsipara Child Development Center to provide Payal with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, tutoring and field trips. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, alcohol abuse awareness programs and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Payal.
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 Kolkatta