In her home, Divya helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, art and walking are Divya's favorite activities. In college her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Divya in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Divya lives in the coastal community of Ramavarappadu, home to approximately 48,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group is Adi Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Telugu.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, fevers, coughs, malaria and waterborne diseases. Most of the adults in Ramavarappadu work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zion Child Development Center to provide Divya with Bible teaching, health screenings, dental and eye exams, hygiene supplies, nutritious meals, field trips, tuition, computer, embroidery and painting training, and career guidance. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Divya.
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 Vijayawada