Mercy lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, singing and art are Mercy's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Mercy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mercy lives in coastal city of Chennai, home to approximately 206,000 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, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include measles, chicken pox, respiratory infections, fevers, worm infestations, skin allergies, vomiting and diarrhea. Most adults in Vepery work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $74 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Balar Kalvi Nilayam Child Development Center to provide Mercy with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical and eye checkups, talent competitions, community service opportunities, special celebrations, school fees, scholastic materials and guitar and keyboard courses. The center staff will also provide meetings, health education and income-generating programs 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: Central Chennai