Latika lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include gathering firewood and gardening. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Latika participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Latika to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Latika lives in the rural community of Santhal, home to approximately 23,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Santhal and the most commonly spoken language is Santhali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Santhal are unemployed but some work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs water, electricity and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sikrabasa Child Development Center to provide Latika with Bible teaching, games, medical checkups, cultural programs, field trips, special celebrations, talent competitions, tutoring and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and hygiene education and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Latika.
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: South of Ranchi