Bitual lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, washing clothes and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Bitual participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Singing, art and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Bitual to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Bitual lives on the plains of Bamungaon, home to approximately 4,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, adobe or wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bodo's, Rajbongshis, Assameese, Bihari, Bengalis and Muslims. The most commonly spoken languages are Assameese, Bengali and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, diarrhea and jaundice. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bamungaon Child Development Center to provide Bitual with Bible teaching, health checkups, outdoor games, vaccinations, hygiene education, group activities, special celebrations, community service opportunities, skills development programs, tutoring 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: Northwest of Guwahati