Akhilesh lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with friends is Akhilesh's favorite activity. In pre-school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Akhilesh will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Akhilesh lives on the plains of Choka, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. 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 Choka work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generation programs and alcohol abuse prevention education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Choka Child Development Center to provide Akhilesh with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, group activities, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, tutoring, skills development programs, handicraft classes and books. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Akhilesh.
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.
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Child's Location: Northwest of Jabalpur