Dilip lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Dilip works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Art, walking and playing ball games are Dilip's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Dilip to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Dilip lives on the plains of Kallimandayam, home to approximately 168,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and brick walls. The primary ethnic group is Adi-Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, diarrhea, viral fevers and sore throats. Most adults in Kallimandayam work as agricultural laborers and earn the equivalent of $41 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Martin Memorial Child Development Center to provide Dilip with Bible teaching, choir, medical checkups, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, life skills education, hygiene supplies, special celebrations, tutoring, computer classes and talent shows. The center staff will also provide meetings and social awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Dilip.
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: Northwest of Madurai