Rafeek makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water and buying or selling in the market are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Rafeek enjoys hide-and-seek and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Rafeek to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Rafeek lives in the hillside community of Vishambharpur, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and cement or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, malaria, water borne diseases and fevers. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs vocational training, employment opportunities, improved sanitation and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christi Bal Vikas Kendra to provide Rafeek with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious food, clothes, sports, tutoring, scholastic materials, tuition, uniforms and field trips. Sixty-five percent of children in this project do not attend school because their parents are not aware of the importance of education. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Rafeek.
India, the world's largest democracy, has a tropical climate in the south and a more temperate climate in the north. The cool season is from November to March; the dry, hot season is from March to June; and the weather is hot and rainy the rest of the year.
In southern India, languages spoken are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. In this region Christianity dates back to the first century when St. Thomas the apostle landed in Kerala and established a church there. He was eventually martyred in Chennai, where Compassion's southern office is located.
India is home to one of the world's oldest urban civilizations, dating to about 3500 B.C. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., and soon after came the Aryan invasion and the gradual establishment of Aryan rule. In 1192, Arabs invaded, bringing with them the Islamic faith. British influence came with trading companies in the 1600s. British rule over India was established in 1757 and lasted until 1947, when a peaceful independence movement, made famous by Mohandas Gandhi, achieved its goal. The country now has a federal republic, and Pratibha Patil was elected the first female president of India in 2007.
India's diverse economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of services. The country has capitalized on its large numbers of well-educated people skilled in the English language to become a major exporter of software services and workers.
Map of India
Child's Location: Northeast of Allahabad