Lalbihari lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Lalbihari enjoys art, reading and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Lalbihari will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Lalbihari lives in the hillside community of Musabani, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or tile floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, jaundice and fevers. Half of the adults in Musabani are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, roads, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Musabani Child Development Center to provide Lalbihari with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, educational materials and skills development programs. The center staff will also provide awareness programs on education, HIV/AIDS, hygiene and alcohol abuse prevention for the parents or guardians of Lalbihari.
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: Southeast of Ranchi