Deepak lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gardening and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Deepak participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Swimming, volleyball and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Deepak will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Deepak lives in the rural community of Tokapal, home to approximately 10,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, stone walls and stone and grass roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Halba, Halbi and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice and lentils. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Most adults in Tokapal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs potable water, vocational training, job opportunities and social awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tokapal Child Development Center to provide Deepak with Bible teaching, sports, medical checkups, disease prevention classes, field trips, cultural programs, special celebrations, school tuition, crafts and drawing courses. The center staff will also provide Bible study, health awareness and adult literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Deepak.
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