Prema lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include buying or selling in the market and making beds. There are 7 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Prema participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Prema will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Prema lives in one of the hillside communities of Varli, Kukna or Koli, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Varli.
The regional diet consists of bananas, rice, potatoes and ragi (grain). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malaria, viral fevers and stomachaches. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. These communities need proper sanitation facilities, vocational training centers, educational materials, adult literacy courses and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Caruna Child Development Center to provide Prema with Bible studies, meals, health screenings, sports, special celebrations, counseling, educational materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Prema.
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: North of Mumbai