Kaniraj lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kaniraj participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Art, walking and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Kaniraj in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kaniraj lives in the coastal community of Nattathi, home to approximately 3,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group is Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of potatoes, bananas and grain. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, respiratory illnesses, stomach disorders, waterborne diseases, ulcers, eye infections, colds, viral infections, malaria, heart disease, anemia, throat infections, ear infections and skin diseases. Most adults work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs water, improved sanitation, employment opportunities and adult literacy classes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nattathi Child Development Center to provide Kaniraj with Bible teaching, nutrition education, physical education, math and computer classes and tailoring courses. The center staff will also provide meetings, parenting training and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Kaniraj.
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