In his home, Gunde helps by gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and gardening. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gunde participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Art, walking and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gunde will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gunde lives on the plains of Gandigunta, home to approximately 9,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of concrete and have brick walls. The primary ethnic group is Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Telugu.
The regional diet consists of rice, vegetables, fish, chicken, mutton and curd. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, typhoid, chicken pox and malaria. Most adults in Gandigunta work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs scholastic materials, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Grace Child Development Center to provide Gunde with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health and dental checkups, special celebrations, field trips, health education and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings, fellowship time and skills training for the parents or guardians of Gunde.
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: Southeast of Vijayawada