In her home, Sujata helps by gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and gardening. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Ping pong, singing and art are Sujata's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Sujata will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sujata lives on the plains of Singipur, home to approximately 7,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Saura and Pana and the most commonly spoken languages are Oriya and tribal dialects.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes and ragi (finger millet). Common health problems in this area include malaria, gastrointestinal infections and malnutrition. Most adults in Singipur are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs electricity, improved sanitation, schools, food, clothing, alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of IGOSA Sisu Vikash Kendra to provide Sujata with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene supplies, nutrition and health education, etiquette training, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and social skills workshops for the parents or guardians of Sujata.
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 Bhubaneshwar