Sunita lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. Her father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sunita participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Swimming, singing and walking are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Sunita to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sunita lives in the rural community of Manu, home to approximately 5,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Uravan and Yadav and the most commonly spoken languages are Urava and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of wheat, rice, vegetables, chicken and cereal. Common health problems in this area include malaria, kala-azar (parasitic disease), tuberculosis, diabetes and diarrhea. Most adults in Manu work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs electricity, proper sanitation, roads and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manu Child Development Center to provide Sunita with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical screenings, hygiene supplies, group games, field trips, school uniforms, tutoring and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Sunita.
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: Southwest of Patna