Kajuri makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Kajuri enjoys ping pong, playing house and art. She attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Kajuri will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kajuri lives in the rural community of Labanyagada, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dhaba and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, waterborne diseases and tuberculosis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs child labor laws enforcement, vocational training, literacy programs and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ashirbad Child Development Center to provide Kajuri with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, special celebrations, field trips, academic support and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Kajuri.
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