Bhaskara lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Bhaskara participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Art and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Bhaskara in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Bhaskara lives in the hillside community of Garudabilli, home to approximately 3,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Oriya.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes, vegetables and eggs. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and viral fevers. Most adults work in stone quarries or as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $123 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pragathi Child Development Centre to provide Bhaskara with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, field trips, cultural activities, special celebrations, computer courses, English classes and tuition. The center staff will also provide income-generating programs, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, health checkups and family budgeting for the parents or guardians of Bhaskara.
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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