In his home, Rakesh helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, ping pong and soccer are Rakesh's favorite activities. In college his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Rakesh to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Rakesh lives on the plains of Ranganathapuram, Ganapathypuram, MCP Colony and Agaram, home to approximately 128,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, chicken and eggs. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria, typhoid, jaundice, dengue and scabies. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $85 per month. These communities need proper sanitation, potable water, educational awareness, health and hygiene education and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of M.C.C. Integrated Child Development Center to provide Rakesh with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious food, tuition, uniforms, scholastic materials, English lessons and computer courses. The center staff will also provide meetings, health educaiton and spiritual retreats for the parents or guardians of Rakesh.
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: South of Chennai