Rinku lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Rinku enjoys listening to music, hide-and-seek and playing group games. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Rinku in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rinku lives on the plains of Antaraba, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Kui and Soura and the most commonly spoken language is Oriya.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis and waterborne diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Antaraba Child Development Center to provide Rinku with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, group activities, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, tuition and field trips. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education, literacy classes, income-generating activities and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Rinku.
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 Bhubaneswar