Abhijit lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include washing clothes and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer and bicycling are Abhijit's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Abhijit to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Abhijit lives in the hillside community of Model Village, Lower Bhalukpong, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, wood or bamboo floors, wood bamboo or adobe walls and bamboo or tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, parasites, hepatitis, enteric fever (typhoid), malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, respiratory illnesses and other waterborne diseases. Most adults work as day laborers, on plantations or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $32 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bhalukpong Child Development Center to provide Abhijit with Bible teaching, health checkups, vaccinations, outdoor games, hygiene education, group activities, picnics, birthday celebrations, community service opportunities, tutoring, educational materials 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: Northeast of Patna/Southwest of Itanagar