Mortha lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Mortha enjoys ping pong, swimming and volleyball. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in additional schooling where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Mortha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mortha lives in the coastal community of Annavaram Village, home to approximately 19,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Koya and the most commonly spoken languages are Koya and Telungu.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, rice, goat and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include fevers, coughs, viral infections, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $46 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, computer training and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Annavaram Child Development Center to provide Mortha with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, hygiene supplies, field trips, tutoring, computer classes and music and drawing courses. The center staff will also provide spiritual retreats, health education, traffic rules and regulations awareness programs and adult literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Mortha.
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.
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Child's Location: Northeast of Vijayawada