In his home, Christian helps by caring for children and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Christian is not presently attending school. Soccer and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Christian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Christian lives in the mountainous community of Lawngtlai, home to approximately 1,900 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 malaria, tuberculosis and cancer. Half the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, animal herders, subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lawngtlai Child Development Center to provide Christian with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, tutoring, books, handicraft training and skills development programs.
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