Halong makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Halong participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Halong will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Halong lives in the hillside community of Rajghat, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood or brick walls and wood or tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, hepatitis, waterborne diseases, malnutrition, anemia, malaria and respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $85 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and literacy training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rajghat Child Development Center to provide Halong with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, community service opportunities, picnics, special celebrations and educational materials. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education, income-generating activities and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Halong.
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: Northeast of Agartala