Pilli lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Pilli works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market.
Soccer, swimming and volleyball are Pilli's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Pilli will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Pilli 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 Pilli 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 Pilli.
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: Southwest of Vijayawada