In his home, Dinesh helps by carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dinesh participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Dinesh to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Dinesh lives on the plains of Lanjigarh, home to approximately 9,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language are Oriya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, sickle cell anemia and hepatitis B. Most adults in Lanjigarh are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $28 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and vocational training programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lanjigarh Child Development Center to provide Dinesh with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, special celebrations, cultural programs, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and hygiene education and income-generation programs for the parents or guardians of Dinesh.
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