Somari lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Somari works at home washing clothes and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Somari enjoys rolling a hoop. She attends church activities, youth group and camp regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Somari will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Somari lives in the rural community of Sargipal, home to approximately 10,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Batra and Mahara and the most commonly spoken languges are Batri and Halbi.
The regional diet consists of bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Sargipal work as day laborers or in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $34 per month. This community has electricity but needs improved sanitation and vocational training programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ebenezer Child Development Center to provide Somari with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, hygiene education, field trips, special celebrations, group games, cultural programs, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Somari.
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: South of Raipur