In his home, David helps by gardening, caring for animals and washing clothes. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, David participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, David will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
David lives in the rural community of Santhal, home to approximately 10,000,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is the Santhal Tribe and the most commonly spoken language is Santhali.
The regional diet consists of bananas, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, diarrhea, asthma, viral fever, kala-azar (parasitic disease), influenza, typhoid, malnutrition and tuberculosis. Most adults in Santhal are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs educational institutions, employment opportunities and social awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Boys Home to provide David with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vaccinations, life skills training, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of David.
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