In his home, Neeraj helps by gardening. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Neeraj enjoys hide-and-seek. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Neeraj will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Neeraj lives in the community of Sagar, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The most commonly spoken language is Bundelkahndi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, jaundice and malaria. Most adults in Sagar work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and electricity, income-generating programs and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sagar Child Development Center to provide Neeraj with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, special celebrations, picnics, community service opportunities, tutoring, skills development programs and books. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Neeraj.
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 Jabalpur