Vidya lives with her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Singing, art and jumping rope are Vidya's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Vidya to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Vidya lives on the plains of Bannerghatta, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Vokkalingar, Lingayars, Lambadis, Thigalas and Hakki Pikkis. The most commonly spoken languages are Kannada, Telugu and Tamil.
The regional diet consists of fish, maize, wheat, guinea pig, ragi (grain) and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, typhoid, malaria, chicken pox, Chikungunya (viral disease transmitted by mosquitos) and viral infections. Most adults in Bannerghatta work as agricultural or construction laborers and earn the equivalent of $65 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bannerghatta Child Development Center to provide Vidya with Bible teaching, nutrition education, immunizations, medical checkups, sports, field trips, community service opportunities and tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and vocational skills training for the parents or guardians of Vidya.
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: South of Bangalore