Hansraj makes his home with his father and his mother. Washing clothes and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Hansraj participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Bicycling, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Hansraj in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Hansraj lives in the community of Vandana Nagar, home to approximately 10,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Chamar and Dalits and the most commonly spoken language is Hindi.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, plantains, rice, potatoes and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include jaundice and waterborne diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $38 per month. This community has electricity but needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vandana Nagar Child Development Center to provide Hansraj with Bible teaching, medical checkups, sports, nutritious food, special celebrations, picnics, tuition and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Hansraj.
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: West of Jabalpur