Mandakini lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, sewing and caring for children. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Singing, telling stories and art are Mandakini's favorite activities. In college her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Mandakini will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mandakini lives in the rural community of Niladrivihar, home to approximately 16,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition and scabies. Half the adults in Niladrivihar are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, medical facilities and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CSM Child Development Center to provide Mandakini with Bible teaching, health screenings and education, nutritious meals, field trips, community service opportunities and tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and parenting training for the parents or guardians of Mandakini.
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: West of Bhubaneshwar