Care2 members have been sponsoring children in need through Children International for several years for free with our Click to Donate pages. We’ve recently received a progress report on one of the children, Santanu from India. Care2 members have been clicking daily for Santanu since August, 2009. We’re extremely proud that our members daily clicks can help support children in areas of need and want to share this update with you.
Update from Santanu
I hope you and your family are well. My family and I are fine. I study in grade 3 and I like to read Bengali books. Soon we will celebrate our Independence Day in school We will have yoga, acrobatics and physical exercises on that day. We will also have function. We enjoy on that day. My family and I regularly get all your support. I thank you for all the support you are giving me. I end with love and regards.
Progress Report from Children International
Age / Health
Santanu turned 8 years old on his last birthday, which was on October 1. The last time he was measured and weighed, he had grown to 4 feet tall and weighed about 43 pounds.
School / Activities
Santanu attends school. According to Santanu, his favorite subject is reading.
Like other Indian children his age, Santanu loves to spend his free time engaged in activities like playing with friends. He counts singing among his talents and hobbies.
Santanu lives with his mother in a community where most families survive on incomes that average around $60/month. Frankly, because the unemployment rate is high, many parents struggle to find a steady job. When they do find consistent work, most adults are daily workers, street vendors and laborers.
Sadly, Santanu’s father is deceased. his mother is a maid. While the household income varies depending on the availability of work, it usually averages about $41 a month.
The family lives in a house, which is constructed of brick walls, concrete flooring and a corrugated metal roof. It has a kitchen and one multipurpose room. Santanu sleeps on the floor with a mat. Cooking facilities consist of a kerosene stove. Electricity is not available, and the sanitary facility is a community latrine. The family obtains their water from a community pump.
Affording nutritious food for their children is among the many challenges facing families served by the Children International Sahay agency. With not nearly enough money and little knowledge about basic nutrition, some families are malnourished. Unsanitary living conditions and parasitic infection can also take their toll on children’s health and well-being.
Parent struggle to afford basic necessities like new clothing and educational opportunities for their children. Some children drop out early because their family doesn’t have enough money or doesn’t understand the importance of an education. Impoverished youth are often at risk of early marriage and drug abuse.
Through the support of sponsors like us, Santanu is enrolled in the Children International sponsorship program. He and all the children in the program are receiving vital benefits like:
- New clothes and sturdy shoes
- Access to basic health care and medicine when they’re sick
- Educational assistance, such as supplies for those in school.