Karthika makes her home with her father and her aunt. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her aunt maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Karthika enjoys singing, art and walking. She attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group regularly and is in college where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Karthika will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Karthika lives on the plains of Madurai, home to approximately 3,954,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and concrete roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of rice, potatoes, fish, plantains, beans, bananas, chicken and goat. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, stomach infections, skin diseases and tuberculosis. Most adults in Madurai are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, skills training, adult literacy programs, substance abuse prevention programs and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Diocese of Madurai and Ramnad Child Development Center to provide Karthika with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious food, health education, field trips, life skills training and tuition. The center staff will also provide meetings, literacy classes and skills training for the parents or guardians of Karthika.
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 Madurai