Santosh lives in the Bal Vikas Bhavan Hostel. His duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market.
Rolling a hoop, soccer and swimming are Santosh'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, Santosh will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Santosh lives in the community of Giridhi, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Santhal and the most commonly spoken language is Santhali.
The regional diet consists of rice, beans, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds, coughs and skin diseases. Most adults in Giridhi work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs water, proper sanitation, improved roads and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bal Vikas Bhavan Hostel to provide Santosh with Bible teaching, health screening, nutrition and health education, hygiene supplies, sports camps, cultural programs, picnics, tuition, field trips, career guidance and vocational training. The project staff will also provide meetings and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Santosh.
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