In his home, Akash helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing with friends is Akash's favorite activity. In pre-school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Akash will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Akash lives in the rural community of Dandhkora, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, chicken, goat, potatoes, vegetables and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and kala-azar (parasitic disease). Most adults in Dandhkora are unemployed but some work as day laborers in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs potable water, electricity, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dandhkora Child Development Center to provide Akash with Bible teaching, health screenings and education, immunizations, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, social activities, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring, counseling and skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, literacy programs and health checkups for the parents or guardians of Akash.
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 Patna