In her home, Deevani helps by carrying water, washing clothes and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Deevani enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Deevani in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Deevani lives in the forested community of Gond Tribal, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile or thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gond and the most commonly spoken language is Gondi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, better school facilities and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Padhar Child Development Center to provide Deevani with Bible teaching, health checkups, group activities, tutoring, vaccinations, picnics, skills development programs, games, birthday celebrations, educational materials, hygiene education and opportunities for community service. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education, literacy programs and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Deevani.
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