Suraj lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Suraj participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Playing ball games, bicycling and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Suraj in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Suraj lives in the rural community of Tentulikhunti, home to approximately 6,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Harijan, Parja and Bhatra. The most commonly spoken languages are Oriya and local dialects.
The regional diet consists of fish, ragi (grain), rice, potatoes and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, scabies, tuberculosis and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tentulikhunti Child Development Center to provide Suraj with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, cultural programs, field trips, tuition, scholastic materials and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide health education for the parents or guardians of Suraj.
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