Yalamanchili lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yalamanchili participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Singing, walking and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Yalamanchili will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yalamanchili lives in the coastal community of Uppada, home to approximately 17,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with brick walls. The primary ethnic group is Bestha and the most commonly spoken language is Telegu.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, jaundice and viral fevers. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community needs increased incomes, vocational training and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shalom Child Development Center to provide Yalamanchili with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health screenings, sports, health and hygiene education, leadership training, community service opportunities, field trips, vocational training, career guidance, counseling and language development classes. The center staff will also provide health and eye checkups and educational activities for the parents or guardians of Yalamanchili.
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: Northeast of Vijayawada