Shalini lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Shalini participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in college where her performance is average. Walking, jumping rope and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Shalini to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Shalini lives in the mountainous community of Ravindra Nagar, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers and colds. Most adults in Ravindra Nagar work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $145 per month. This community needs education assistance, career guidance and microenterprise opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jalahalli Child Development Center to provide Shalini with Christian education, health checkups, sports, hygiene supplies, music classes, field trips, tutoring, computer training, counseling and tailoring classes. The center staff will also provide spiritual retreats, sports and training in tailoring and candle making for the parents or guardians of Shalini.
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: Northwest of Bangalore