Sharmila lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing house and playing group games are Sharmila's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Sharmila will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sharmila lives on the plains of Ramapuram, home to approximately 145,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi Dravidians and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, skin allergies, malnutrition, gastritis and chicken pox. Most adults in Ramapuram are employed as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water, stable employment opportunities, income-supplementing programs and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ramavaram Child Development Center to provide Sharmila with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health checkups, hygiene supplies, deworming, special celebrations, English courses and school fees. The center staff will also provide meetings and fabric painting training for the parents or guardians of Sharmila.
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 Chennai