Jyothi lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 7 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Jyothi enjoys hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where her performance is average.
Please remember Jyothi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Jyothi lives in the rural community of Bindh Tola, home to approximately 6,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Mahaldar and Angika and the most commonly spoken language is Hindi.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, influenza and diarrhea. Most adults in Bindh Tola are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, medical facilities and adult literacy training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bindh Tola Child Development Center to provide Jyothi with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious meals, health education, field trips, community service opportunities, tuition and educational and social awareness workshops. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and parenting training programs for the parents or guardians of Jyothi.
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