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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: April 5, 2008
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: India
  • Center: Andrews Kirk Child Development Center
  • Child ID: IN5120179
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
    • Child is mentally or physically challenged.
Suman lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.

Playing with friends is Suman's favorite activity. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Suman because he is crippled in both feet. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Suman lives on the plains of SM Nagar, home to approximately 28,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.

The regional diet consists of bananas, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include throat infections, primary complex, boils, anemia, malaria, fevers, vitamin deficiencies and dysentery. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, income-generating program loans, scholastic materials and career counseling.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Andrews Kirk Child Development Center to provide Suman with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, medical checkups, multi-vitamins, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, tutoring and homework help. The center staff will also provide meetings and spiritual retreats for the parents or guardians of Suman.
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: Central Chennai

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.