Vivek lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Vivek works at home carrying water, making beds and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
Ping pong, soccer and singing are Vivek's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Vivek in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Vivek lives on the plains of Ullalu, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Tamili, Marathi, Telugu and Muslim. The most commonly spoken languages are Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Urudu.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, beef, goat, rice, potatoes and ragi (grain). Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and tuberculosis. Half of the adults in Ullalu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ullalu Child Development Center to provide Vivek with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, field trips, tuition, academic support and educational supplies. The center staff will also provide family counseling, meetings, home visits and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Vivek.
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: West of Bangalore