Rajeswari lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Telling stories, playing house and playing with dolls are Rajeswari's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Rajeswari will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rajeswari lives in the community of Kesinga, home to approximately 12,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and sickle cell anemia. Most adults in Kesinga are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $34 per month. This community needs vocational training and health and hygiene education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Caleb Child Development Center to provide Rajeswari with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, cultural programs, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring and educational materials. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and hygiene education and meetings for the parents or guardians of Rajeswari.
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