Jeebika lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Jeebika works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jeebika participates in church activities and youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jeebika will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jeebika lives in the rural community of Raikia, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kandhas and the most commonly spoken language is Kui.
The regional diet consists of rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, anemia and diarrhea. Most adults in Raikia are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, medical facilities, employment opportunities and an improved education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Raikia Child Development Center to provide Jeebika with Bible studies, health screenings, health education, nutritious meals, field trips, community service opportunities, life skills training and tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Jeebika.
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