Mathan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Mathan enjoys soccer, basketball and volleyball. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Please remember Mathan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Mathan lives on the plains of Shencottah, home to approximately 30,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi-Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, beef, fish, rice, bananas, potatoes and chicken. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, waterborne diseases, colds, vitamin deficiency and influenza. Most adults in Shencottah work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community needs electricity, school furnishings and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Barnabas Child Development Center to provide Mathan with Bible studies, nutritious food, health education, medical checkups, immunization programs, community service opportunities, sports, tuition, tutoring, field trips and educational classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, special celebrations and spiritual counseling for the parents or guardians of Mathan.
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