Kavitha lives part of the year at Elva Jackson Home. At home, she lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Everyday duties for Kavitha include buying or selling in the market , helping in the kitchen and cleaning.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kavitha participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Art, walking and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Kavitha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kavitha 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 Kavitha 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 Kavitha.
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