Manuel lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Manuel works at home gardening and caring for animals. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Manuel enjoys soccer, bicycling and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Manuel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Manuel lives in the hills of Gangapada, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Malto.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis and kala-azar (parasitic disease). Most adults in Gangapada are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs potable water, proper sanitation, employment opportunities and food supplies.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Asha Nivas Hostel to provide Manuel with Bible teaching, health screening and education, hygiene supplies, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tuition and vocational training. The project staff will also provide meetings and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Manuel.
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.
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Child's Location: Northeast of Ranchi