Ujwal lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Ujwal enjoys soccer, volleyball and walking. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ujwal will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ujwal lives on the plains of Kalyanpuri, home to approximately 42,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Hindi.
The regional diet consists of wheat, rice, potatoes and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include ear infections, mumps and skin diseases. Most adults in Kalyanpuri work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, adult literacy programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Discipleship Center Child Development Center to provide Ujwal with Bible studies, health checkups, immunizations, sports, leadership training, community service opportunities, tuition, field trips, grammar classes and life skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, literacy programs and social awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Ujwal.
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 Delhi