Elizabeth lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Elizabeth works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Elizabeth enjoys swimming, singing and art. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Elizabeth in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Elizabeth lives in the rural community of Bhagaiya, home to approximately 80,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malto and the most commonly spoken languages are Malto and Bihari.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, tuberculosis, epilepsy, kala-azar (parasitic disease) and malaria. Most adults in Bhagaiya are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs potable water, proper sanitation, employment opportunities and vocational training programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Miracle Girl's Home to provide Elizabeth with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vaccinations, hygiene supplies, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tuition and life skills training. The project staff will also provide meetings, Bible teaching, vocational training and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Elizabeth.
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