Zawntea lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Zawntea participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and telling stories are his favorite activities.
Please remember Zawntea in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Zawntea lives in the mountainous community of Khawzawl, home to approximately 2,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement, wood or bamboo floors; wood, tin or bamboo walls; and tin or thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malaria and cancer. Half of the adults in Khawzawl are unemployed but some work as day laborers, animal herders, subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community has electricity but needs improved sanitation, water and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Khawzawl Child Development Center to provide Zawntea with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, group activities, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, skills development programs, tutoring, books and handicraft training.
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 Aizawl/East of Patna