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Mariam Nag  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: July 12, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: India
  • Center: Bastar Child Development Project
  • Child ID: EI5030055
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Mariam lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.

Singing, playing house and art are Mariam's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.

Please remember Mariam in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Mariam lives on the plains of Sargipal, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Gond, Mahara and Batra-Hindi.

The regional diet consists of rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Sargipal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs potable water, employment opportunities and affordable education.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bastar Child Development Project to provide Mariam with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, tuition, social events and academic support. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and educational programs for the parents or guardians of Mariam.
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: South of Raipur

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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  • Medical care
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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