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Devarapalli Venkatesh  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: November 15, 2001
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: India
  • Center: B H Puram Child Development Center
  • Child ID: IN4620091
    • Waiting: 283 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Venkatesh lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market , running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Walking, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are Venkatesh's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.

Please remember Venkatesh in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Venkatesh lives in the hillside community of Brahmanandapuram, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, clay walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Telugu and Urdu.

The regional diet consists of rice, vegetables, chicken, ground mutton, beef and milk. Common health problems in this area include scabies, malnutrition and viral infections. Most of the adults in Brahmanandapuram work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $36 per month. This community needs secondary schools, food, clothing and adult literacy programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of B.H. Puram Child Development Center to provide Venkatesh with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health screenings, hygiene supplies, sports, field trips, community service opportunities, special celebrations, tuition and school supplies. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, skills training and counseling for the parents or guardians of Venkatesh.
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.

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Child's Location: Southwest of Vijayawada

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