Parousia lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a church worker and her mother maintains the home. Parousia works at home running errands.
For fun, Parousia enjoys art and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Parousia will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Parousia lives in the mountainous community of Mixed Community of Dalit Christians & Hindus, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Telugu.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, malnutrition and jaundice. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, educational materials, tuition assistance and clean water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beattie Child Development Center to provide Parousia with Bible studies, spiritual retreats, nutritious food, dental and medical checkups, health education, games and sports, environmental awareness programs, arts and crafts classes, educational materials, uniforms, school fees, income-generating programs and English courses. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and health care for the parents or guardians of Parousia.
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: North of Vellore