Gobardhan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Gobardhan works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, swimming and volleyball are Gobardhan's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Gobardhan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gobardhan lives in one of the rural communities of Desia and Bhumia, home to approximately 9,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oriya and the most commonly spoken languages are Tribal and Kui.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea and malaria. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. These communities need vocational skills training and improved sanitary conditions.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ashisho Sishu Bikas Kendra Child Development Center to provide Gobardhan with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, hygiene education, games, picnics, birthday celebrations, community service opportunities, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education, income-generating activities and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Gobardhan.
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.
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Child's Location: West of Bhubaneshwar