Sulaiman lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Sulaiman works at home teaching others, buying or selling in the market and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, telling stories and art are Sulaiman's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Sulaiman will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sulaiman lives in the hillside community of Malto, home to approximately 120,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Sauriya Pahadiya and the most commonly spoken language is Kumar Pahadiya.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in the area include malaria, tuberculosis and kalazar (parasitic diseases). Most adults in Malto are employed as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs electricity, vocational training, employment opportunities and income-generating activities training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jehovah Nissi Child Development Center to provide Sulaiman with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, clothing, cultural programs, special celebrations, educational materials, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, Bible studies and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Sulaiman.
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