Priya lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Priya participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Please remember Priya in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Priya lives on the plains of Azhagappa Nagar, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Kallar, Maravar, Devar, Parayar, Settiar and Muthaliar.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, waterborne diseases, viral fevers and vitamin deficiencies. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, adult literacy programs, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Azhagappa Nagar Child Development Center to provide Priya with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene supplies, vaccinations, sports and games, community service opportunities, cultural programs, tutoring and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings, literacy programs and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Priya.
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: Southwest of Madurai