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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: January 5, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: India
  • Center: Tuticorin Child Development Center
  • Child ID: IN5600604
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Rathi Devi lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Rathi Devi works at home carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. There are 2 children in the family.

Singing, walking and bicycling are Rathi Devi's favorite activities. In college her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.

Please remember Rathi Devi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Rathi Devi lives in the coastal community of Levengi Puram, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud floors, brick walls and tile or concrete roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidians and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.

The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, viral infections, stomachaches, diphtheria, measles and chicken pox. Most adults in Levengi Puram work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs income-supplementing programs and skills training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tuticorin Child Development Center to provide Rathi Devi with Bible teaching, health education, medical checkups, vaccinations, field trips, nutritious food, hepatitis B vaccinations, sports and games, leadership training, vocational guidance and music classes. The center staff will also provide prayer meetings, health education, sewing and tailoring classes and cooking courses for the parents or guardians of Rathi Devi.
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: South of Madurai

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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