Narendra lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Narendra participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Volleyball, walking and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Narendra will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Narendra lives on the plains of Bijjuwara, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of brick and have tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, diarrhea, viral infections, worm infestations, malnutrition and fevers. Most adults in Bijjuwara work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community has electricity and medical centers but needs tuition assistance, employment opportunities and awareness on various social issues.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Divya Jyothi Child Development Center to provide Narendra with Bible studies, choir, health screenings, immunizations, health education, nutritious food, daily exercises, special celebrations, field trips, leadership training, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings, fellowship opportunities, literacy programs and health education for the parents or guardians of Narendra.
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: Northeast of Bangalore