Prabhati lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, sewing and buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Prabhati enjoys singing, telling stories and art. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Prabhati will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Prabhati 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 Prabhati 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 Prabhati.
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