Ganesh lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
Volleyball, art and walking are Ganesh's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Ganesh will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ganesh lives in the coastal community of Ajjykatta, home to approximately 15,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Ager, Gowda, Hulswar and Nayak.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, diarrhea, jaundice, typhoid, chicken pox and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Ajjykatta work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $84 per month. This community needs educational materials, employment opportunities, literacy programs and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christa Mitra Ashram Child Development Center to provide Ganesh with Bible teaching, choir, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, health checkups, vaccinations, games, field trips, tuition and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Ganesh.
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 Mangalore