In his home, Himanshu helps by buying or selling in the market , washing clothes and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Himanshu enjoys singing, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Himanshu to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Himanshu lives on the plains of Saara, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sahara and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include scabies and fevers. Most adults in Saara work as agricultural laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs electricity, literacy training (especially for women), vocational training and freedom from the caste system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Oasis Child Development Center to provide Himanshu with Bible teaching, health checkups, immunizations, outdoor games, field trips, inter-project programs, special celebrations and educational materials. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and hygiene instruction and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Himanshu.
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