Mercy lives in the Nallur Mar Thoma Child Development Center. Her duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening.
Singing, walking and jumping rope are Mercy's favorite activities. In college her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Mercy to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Mercy lives on the plains of Arunthathiyar Gowendar, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Tamil, Kannadam and Telugu.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, beef, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include asthma, tuberculosis, malnutrition, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses, dysentery and scabies. Most adults work in factories, in domestic services or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, health centers and self-employment skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nallur Mar Thoma Child Development Center to provide Mercy with Bible teaching, choir, medical checkups, nutrition and health education, leadership training and tutoring. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and parenting skills training for the parents or guardians of Mercy.
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 Erode