Mercy makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mercy participates in church activities. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Swimming, singing and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Mercy in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Mercy lives in the hills of Malto, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Dravidian, Sahdri, Pahadiyan and Kumar Pahadiyan. The most commonly spoken language is Malto.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis, kala-azar (parasitic disease) and diarrhea. Half the adults in Malto are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs electricity, proper sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jehovah Jireh Children's Development Center to provide Mercy with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, cultural programs, social events, field trips, scholastic materials, tutoring and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide meetings, Bible teaching and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Mercy.
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