Premkumar lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gardening, caring for children and washing clothes. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, basketball and swimming are Premkumar's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Premkumar will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Premkumar lives in the hills of Sahari Doba, home to approximately 110,000 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, leprosy and kala-azar (parasitic disease). Most adults in Sahari Doba 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 Sahari Doba Child Development Center to provide Premkumar with Bible teaching, health screening and education, hygiene supplies, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, educational programs and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Premkumar.
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