Nitesh lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nitesh participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Nitesh especially needs your love and care because he is crippled in one leg. Because of your sponsorship, however, he is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for him.
Nitesh lives it the rural community of Dabra, home to approximately 15,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Marhar and the most commonly spoken language is Hindi and Bundelkhandi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Dabra work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs income generating programs and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dabra Child Development Center to provide Nitesh with Bible education, regular health check ups, vaccinations, hygiene awareness education, special celebrations, opportunities for community service, books and skills development. The center staff will also provide Bible study, education on health and hygiene, alcoholism, drug addiction, income generation and literacy for the parents or guardians of Nitesh.
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: North of Jabalpur