Karthikeyen makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and art are Karthikeyen's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Karthikeyen in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Karthikeyen lives in Thodas, Gowndas, Bhadugas, home to approximately 72,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Badugas, Thodas, Irulas, Kurambas, Kothas, Adidravidas.
The regional diet consists of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beans, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, viral infections and colds. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs income-generating programs and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CMM-Child Development Center to provide Karthikeyen with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, immunizations, field trips, leadership training, craft classes, career guidance, vocational training, tutoring and computer classes.
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: West of Erode