Laxman lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for animals, washing clothes and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with cars, swimming and playing with marbles are Laxman's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Laxman to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Laxman lives in the rural community of Raikarjharan, home to approximately 11,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Santhal, Munda, Batuli, Mahato and Bhuiya and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, colds, coughs and water-borne diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs improved sanitation facilities, opportunities for higher education and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Raikarjharan Child Development Center to provide Laxman with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, health and hygiene education, special celebrations, field trips and group activities. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Laxman.
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: North of Bhubaneshwar