Rajmani lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rajmani participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Swimming, singing and playing house are her favorite activities.
Please remember Rajmani in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Rajmani lives in the rural community of Soura, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, beef and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Soura are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs educational materials, vocational training programs, literacy and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chandragiri Child Development Center to provide Rajmani with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health screening, sports, tuition, tutoring and educational materials. The center staff will also provide income-generation training, recreational programs and spiritual seminars for the parents or guardians of Rajmani.
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