Ras lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ras participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ras will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ras lives in the community of Zemabawk, home to approximately 1,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors, wood walls and tin or bamboo roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mizo.
The regional diet consists of rice, pork, chicken, beef, vegetables and pulses (legumes). Common health problems in this area include waterborne diseases, tuberculosis and malaria. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $85 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs income-generating programs and improved sanitation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zemabawk Child Development Center to provide Ras with Bible teaching, vaccinations, community service opportunities, skills development programs, hygiene education, picnics, tutoring, health checkups, special celebrations, scholastic materials and outdoor games. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Ras.
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: Southeast of Patna/East of Aizwal