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The condition of the villages in India is still in a pathetic condition. In the 21st century when the world is moving into a technology boomed world, there are still villages in parts of India where people don't even have the basic facility. Today the world population is about six billion people. Only six percentage of that population live in the borders of the United States of America. Most of them have had the opportunity to hear the gospel and for the others, they have heard it a countless number of times. 94 % of the world live outside the
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United States. Over three billion people—60% of the world’s population live in Asia and 94% of them have never heard the Name of Jesus. Thousands of people die everyday without even hearing the name of Jesus. In India itself there are more the 500, 000 villages who have never heard about Jesus. There is neither a church nor has any missionary been in these parts. Our responsibility as the chosen one of God is to make an opportunity for these people so that they too can hear the word of God. The major hindrance that is faced by our missionaries is that these people lack education and the social evils prevalent among them. Can we as Christians do any thing for the underprivileged people in the villages?
 
  Jharkhand  
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Jharkhand is a major tribal populated state in North India. The name Jharkhand originated from tribal language, which means land of Jungles. Jharkhand has a population of around 26.90 million. The population consists of 28% tribals, 12% Scheduled Castes and 60% others. Jharkhand has always remained a home to a number of tribal communities. Infact, in some of the districts of Jharkhand, the tribal population predominates, the non tribal one. The state has 32 primitive tribal groups. The tribal people use bamboo for making baskets, hunting and fishing equipments. Especially the bamboo made fishing cage is very attractive. Tribal pottery is a part of the tribals. Bow and arrow is the symbolic weapon of the tribals of this area. Apart from this they use iron made Axes and Doulies and Ghana
 
 
Big hammer). In certain areas of the state, poverty and consequent malnutrition has given rise to diseases like Tuberculosis (TB). In fact, TB has assumed epidemic proportions in certain areas of the state. Kala-zar is another major disease that is also taking lives in this region. Largely unknown in the developed world, Kala-azar is a parasitic disease which threatens many poor countries. The disease principally affects poor communities in isolated regions, often as devastating epidemics.
 
     
  Tribal Areas in Jharkand   
     
  Santal  
  This is our primary mission area in Jharkhand. Santals are the largest tribal community in India. Found mainly in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.. Their lifestyle and livelihood revolves around the forest they live in. The tribals derive their needs from the trees and plants in the jungles, the keen knowledge of which has been handed down from father to son since ages. Besides the ability to use the plants and its by-product for making agricultural and musical equipments, mats, baskets etc. Their language is called Santali. They believe in supernatural beings and ancestral spirits. Santali rituals are mainly comprised of sacrificial offerings and invocations to the spirits, or bongas. Their livelihood depends on agriculture. They face utter financial crisis during the months of August, September and October till harvest time. Cultivation is mainly dependent on weather conditions which are very unstable. This leads to starvation if the weather is bad. Normally they eat only two meals a day. Their houses normally don't have any windows and with only one door which is only about four feet high. Tribal Areas in Jharkand-livingmission-mission-stations  
 
Houses are made in accordance with their belief that they should have only one spirit inside the house and if they keep any windows, other spirits will try to come in and cause diseases and disasters to the family members. They also keep animals like cows and buffaloes inside the house. This unhygienic situation causes many diseases such as Malaria, Kala-Azar & Tuberculosis. Electricity is not available in this locality. People are addicted to Hadiya which is locally made liquor available everywhere in the village. They are sedative and fully out of mind after taking this liquor which is causing immoral relationships such as adultery. Many fatherless children are born due to such relationships. An average woman of their community gives birth to more children than that they can feed. This furthermore deepens their poverty. Child death is very common among them. Recently two children were married to puppies to avoid bad fortunes of their lives. We have plans to do eradication efforts for malaria; Kala-Azar & TB. For this awareness programmes need to be conducted. A government medical aid has to be made available in this locality. We have to hire some qualified social workers since they are the only people having access to government medical aids. The biggest challenge is to persuade medical professionals to come and work in this region because they are hesitant to come to these remote areas due to the threat to their own health. We have to work against the ruthless false beliefs among the people by educating them about the cause and symptoms of the common diseases. They need to be educated about the consequences and after effects of drug addiction such as hadia which is making an unhealthy effect on the society and families. Education is one of the most important factors in the development of any society. Although Santali Bible is available, the people can't read it because they are illiterate. So we have plans to make Santali audio bible. Hence the adults of this region need to be made capable of reading and understanding their own language.  
 
     
  Malto  
 
Malto is a primitive tribal group found in the areas of Jharkhand. Their number has dwindled from about a million a century ago to 85,000 now. They are diminishing in number mainly due to infectious diseases such as Malaria, Kala-azar, Dehydration, Tuberculosis, etc. The maltos live in small village hamlets of 10-15 huts each, scattered over the verdant Rajmahal range of hills in the districts of Sahibganj, Pakaur and Godda of Jharkhand. Most of the villages are remote and inaccessible. The main occupation of the Maltos is agriculture, forestry and cattle rearing. They are a fun-loving people given to much dancing and singing, usually under the effect of locally brewed alcohol. They have strong belief in spirits and view them as the main cause of misfortune and illness. Mortality and morbidity is quite high among the Malto people. Infectious diseases being a major killer. The area is hyper-endemic to malaria contributing to a high mortality rate
 
 
especially among the under-fives.Recurrent malaria is a common factor leading to anemia.Diarrhea is also common due to unavailability of safe drinking water. About 20% of the reported deaths in a year are caused mainly due to diarrhea. Tuberculosis and Kalazar were also major diseases in the last decade. Malnutrition is common among the children with 36% of under-fives being severely malnourished. Poor antenatal coverage, lack of primary or secondary obstetric care, lack of trained birth attendants, poor accessibility of villages, poor transportation facilities are some of the factors contributing to the high maternal mortality rate. Immunization status of the community was almost nil to begin with. This is due to the remoteness of the Malto villages, lack of health awareness, poor transportation facilities and difficulty in maintaining the cold chain in peripheral centers due to insufficient electrical supply.
 
     
  Munda  
 
The Munda are tribal (Adivasi) people of the Jharkhand region. There are some two million Munda people. Their language is Mundari. Mundas have their own religion, called Sarna, in which they worship nature. They believe in a supreme being called Sing Bonga, which means literally "Sun God." About 25 % of the population is Christians.
 
     
  Oraon  
 
The Oraon, or Uraon, people inhabit various states across central and eastern India as well as Bangladesh. Traditionally they depend on the forest for their ritual and economic livelihood, but in recent times they have become settled agriculturalists. Small numbers of Oraon have immigrated to the Northeastern part of India, where they are mainly employed as laborers on tea estates. Oraons are also known as "Dhangar" in many parts of India. The Oraon language, Kurukh, belongs to the Dravidian family, and is most closely related to Brahui and Malto (Paharia).Oraonpeople have a rich and vast range of folk songs, dances and tales, as well as traditional musical instruments.Both men and women participate in dance, which are performed at social events and festivals. About 25 % of the population is Christians.
 
     
  Non Tribal Areas  
     
  Haliya, East UP (Mirzapur)  
 
People in these areas are living below the poverty line. There is very less Christian work among them. Illiteracy is a major problem here. People are very skilled in carpet making but they are underpaid and are being exploited by big entrepreneurs. We have plans to develop, equip and establish three local missionaries. We also need to start an Anganvadi/Lower Primary School. Making their carpet products available in urban and foreign market for their welfare is also our primary goal.
 
     
 
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