Dipal lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gardening and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, swimming and singing are Dipal's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Dipal will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dipal lives in the rural community of Kochas, home to approximately 6,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and alabaster roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sha and Chamar and the most commonly spoken language is Hindi.
The regional diet consists of rice, dal (lentils), bread, vegetables, fish, egg, chicken and fruit. Common health problems in this area include malaria, kala-azar (parasitic disease) and diarrhea. Most adults in Kochas are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kochas Child Development Center to provide Dipal with Bible teaching, medical screenings, health and hygiene education, group games, field trips, special celebrations, tuition and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide health education and spiritual meetings for the parents or guardians of Dipal.
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