Ravina lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Ravina enjoys singing, art and walking. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ravina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ravina lives on the plains of Ambattur, home to approximately 500,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or wood floors, brick walls and cement roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, skin diseases, chicken pox and dengue. Most adults in Ambattur work as day laborers, animal herders or market traders and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of TLT (True Life Trust) Child Development Center to provide Ravina with Bible teaching, health screenings, hepatitis B vaccinations, nutritious food, vitamins, hygiene supplies, indoor and outdoor games, school fees, scholastic materials and tailoring and embroidery classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, medical checkups and home visits for the parents or guardians of Ravina.
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.
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Child's Location: Northwest of Chennai