Govinda lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Govinda participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Govinda will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Govinda lives in the rural community of Kuntarkhal, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Porja.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and scabies. Most adults in Kuntarkhal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community has water but needs improved sanitation and adult education programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kuntarkhal Sisu Vikas Kendra Child Development Center to provide Govinda with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical screenings, hygiene supplies, group games, field trips, community service opportunities and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Govinda.
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