Davud lives part of the year at Ashish Nivas Hostel. At home, he lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. Everyday duties for Davud include teaching others, buying or selling in the market and gardening.
Soccer, singing and playing with marbles are Davud's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Davud will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Davud lives in the forested community of Pantheni, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malto and the most commonly spoken languages are Malto and Bihari.
The regional diet consists of maize, millet, eggplant, radishes, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria and kala-azar (parasitic disease). Most adults in Pantheni work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs potable water, proper sanitation, employment opportunities and literacy training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ashish Nivas Hostel to provide Davud with Bible teaching, health checkups, hygiene supplies, vaccinations, nutritious meals, sports and games, career guidance, life skills training, tuition, field trips and tutoring. The project staff will also provide meetings and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Davud.
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: Northeast of Ranchi