Achaya makes her home with her father and her mother. Buying or selling in the market , helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, art and walking are Achaya's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Achaya will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Achaya lives on the plains of Madurai, home to approximately 1,518,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and grass roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, rice, potatoes, chicken, mutton, eggs and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, gastrointestinal infections, skin diseases and dental decay. Most adults in Madurai work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $109 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, secondary education tuition assistance, drinking water, vocational skills training and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CSI Christian Mission Child Development Center to provide Achaya with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, health checkups, leadership training, community service opportunities, school fees and choir. The center staff will also provide family counseling and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Achaya.
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: Madurai