Meshach lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
Walking, playing ball games and reading are Meshach's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Meshach to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Meshach lives in the coastal community of Neivilai, home to approximately 4,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, gastrointestinal disorders, skin diseases, upper respiratory infections, anemia, urinary tract infections, vitamin deficiencies, eating disorders, ulcers and colds. Most adults in Neivilai work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities and proper sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Immanuel Child Development Center to provide Meshach with Bible teaching, prayer meetings, nutritious food, community service opportunities, life skills training, computer courses and vocational training. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Meshach.
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: South of Madurai