Shoban lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Shoban works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Shoban participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Art, walking and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Shoban in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Shoban lives in the coastal community of Napalayam, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Dalits and Vettiyans and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, coughs, skin allergies and hepatitis. Most adults in Napalayam are employed as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $64 per month. This community needs a water supply, scholastic materials, employment opportunities and a hospital.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Susanna Child Development Center to provide Shoban with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, nutritious food, field trips, handicraft classes, school fees, uniforms and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, retreats and income-generating programs training for the parents or guardians of Shoban.
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: North of Chennai