Vihwajeeth makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, sewing and washing clothes are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Vihwajeeth enjoys swimming, playing with marbles and bicycling. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Vihwajeeth will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vihwajeeth lives on the plains of Ameri Village, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Sathnamies and the most commonly spoken languages are Chattisgarih and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and skin diseases. Most adults in Ameri Village are unemployed but some work as rickshaw pullers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs water, proper sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ameri Child Development Center to provide Vihwajeeth with Bible teaching, clothing, medical exams, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, health instruction, social events, recreational activities, cultural programs, educational classes and tuition. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational programs for the parents or guardians of Vihwajeeth.
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: Northeast of Raipur