Sabavath lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include teaching others, buying or selling in the market and making beds. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Singing, walking and bicycling are Sabavath's favorite activities. In vocational training her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Sabavath will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sabavath lives in the forested community of Dornakal, home to approximately 42,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud floors, clay walls and cement roofs. The primary ethnic group is the Lambada Tribe and the most commonly spoken language is Telugu.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, rice, goat and maize. Common health problems in this area include measles, jaundice and viral fevers. Half of the adults in Dornakal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community has electricity and medical centers but needs improved sanitation, adult education classes and self-employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Elva Jackson Home to provide Sabavath with Bible studies, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, sports, field trips, computer skills training, vocational skills and tuition. The center staff will also provide vocational training, evangelism and adult education for the parents or guardians of Sabavath.
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 Vijayawada