Your sponsored young woman, Asha, lives in the Happy Home Integrated Project. Her duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening.
Singing, walking and listening to music are Asha's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Asha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Asha lives on the plains of Krishnapuram, home to approximately 9,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The primary ethnic groups are Naidu and Reddy-Kannada. The most commonly spoken languages are Telugu and Tamil.
The regional diet consists of rice, chicken, beef, vegetables, cereal and chapathi (unleavened flatbread). Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers, viral infections, diarrhea, chickenpox, measles and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $85 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, food and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Happy Home Integrated Project to provide Asha with Bible teaching, health education, hygiene supplies, medical checkups, nutritious food, counseling, leadership training, talent competitions, educational materials, tuition, craft classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, medical checkups and health education for the parents or guardians of Asha.
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: East of Bangalore