Ghanshyam lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, swimming and singing are Ghanshyam's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Your love and support will help Ghanshyam to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ghanshyam lives in the community of Rivett, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Santhal and the most commonly spoken language is Bengali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Rivett are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, roads, better schools and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of SPEES Child Development Center to provide Ghanshyam with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, birthday celebrations, tuition, tutoring, scholastic materials and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness programs and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Ghanshyam.
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: East of Ranchi