Nandhini lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Nandhini enjoys singing, art and walking. She attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in vocational training where her performance is average.
Please remember Nandhini in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Nandhini lives on the plains of Ayanavaram, home to approximately 510,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and brick walls. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of rice, dhal, greens, potatoes, wheat, eggs and bengal gram (legumes). Common health problems in this area include jaundice, chicken pox, malaria, typhoid, colds and fevers. Most adults in Ayanavaram are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has electricity but needs educational materials, improved sanitation, income-generating programs and substance abuse treatment centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ayanavaram Child Development Center to provide Nandhini with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, talent shows, vocational training and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide addiction rehabilitation classes, counseling and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Nandhini.
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