Balaram lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Balaram enjoys soccer, swimming and volleyball. He attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Please remember Balaram in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Balaram lives on the plains of Khanditar, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Odia.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, rice, potatoes and chicken. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malnutrition and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Khanditar are unemployed but some work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs water, proper sanitation and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Khanditar Child Development Center to provide Balaram with Bible teaching, health screenings, health and hygiene education, sports activities, cultural programs, special celebrations, tutoring and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Balaram.
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: Northeast of Bhubaneshwar