Vani lives with her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Singing, telling stories and walking are Vani's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Vani in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Vani lives on the plains of Garla, home to approximately 15,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and cement roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Lambadi and Koya and the most commonly spoken language is Telugu.
The regional diet consists of rice, chicken, fish and maize. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, viral infections, malaria and typhoid fever. Most adults in Garla are unemployed but some work as day laborers, traders or vendors and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Deaconess Mary Brotherton Memorial Child Development Center to provide Vani with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, sports, field trips, computer courses, community service opportunities, tailoring lessons, and reading and vocabulary classes. The center staff will also provide gospel meetings and adult education for the parents or guardians of Vani.
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