Isha lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Isha enjoys playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Isha in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Isha lives in the rural community of Basilikha, home to approximately 2,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic groups are Bhutia and Lepcha and the most commonly spoken language is Nepali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in Basilikha are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs improved electricity and water, vocational training and alternative means of income.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Basilikha Child Development Center to provide Isha with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, special celebrations, cultural programs, educational materials, language and grammar classes and tuition. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education, literacy programs and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Isha.
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 Gangtok