In his home, Prahallad helps by gardening, caring for animals and washing clothes. 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.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Prahallad participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, volleyball and singing are his favorite activities.
Please remember Prahallad in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Prahallad lives in the hillside community of Changudipada, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi Vasi and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, rice and ragi (finger millet). Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malaria, worm infestations and diarrhea. Most adults in Changudipada work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs clean water, electricity, schools and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kalbari Shishu Bikash Kendra Student Center to provide Prahallad with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, hygiene supplies, immunizations, sport club activities, field trips, tutoring, skills training and career counseling. The center staff will also provide meetings, medical checkups, literacy programs, counseling and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Prahallad.
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