Raju makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, art and listening to music are Raju's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Raju is crippled in one foot. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Raju lives in the hillside community of Hidisajir, home to approximately 4,000 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 regional diet consists of chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, cholera, typhoid and jaundice. Most adults in Hidisajir work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hidisajir Child Development Center to provide Raju with Bible teaching, vaccinations, hygiene education, outdoor games, health checkups, picnics, special celebrations, community service opportunities, group activities, tutoring, handicraft training and skills development programs. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Raju.
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.
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Child's Location: Southeast of Guwahati