Ramo lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Ramo enjoys soccer, swimming and singing. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ramo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ramo lives in the rural community of Katharagoda, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gouda and Pika and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of rice, fish, potatoes and pulses (legumes). Common health problems in this area include malaria and jaundice. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs educational materials, income-generating programs, vocational training and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Katharagoda Child Development Center to provide Ramo with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, cultural programs, tuition, educational materials and motor development activities. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health and hygiene education and monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Ramo.
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