Dipu lives with his grandfather and his mother. He is responsible for gathering firewood. His grandfather is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Basketball, playing with marbles and playing group games are Dipu's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dipu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dipu lives in the rural community of Upper Sahi (Dambo), home to approximately 1,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Dombo.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, beef, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include chicken pox, malaria, diarrhea and skin diseases. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $31 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, medical facilities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Semiliguda Child Development Center to provide Dipu with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, hygiene supplies, medical screenings, group games, field trips, community service opportunities, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Dipu.
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