Selvarathy makes her home with her father and her mother. Helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Selvarathy enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing ball games. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in college where her performance is average.
Please remember Selvarathy in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Selvarathy lives on the plains of Pazhamkulam, home to approximately 3,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile or cement roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of vegetables, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, jaundice and viral infections. Most of the adults in Pazhamkulam work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $74 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation, skills training programs and adult literacy classes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Thomas Child Development Center to provide Selvarathy with Bible teaching, health screenings, cultural programs, vocational skills training, computer education and environmental protection programs. The center staff will also provide skills training and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Selvarathy.
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: South of Madurai