Muni lives part of the year at Canon Thomas Sither Integrated Childrens Center. At home, he lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Everyday duties for Muni include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market.
Ping pong, soccer and volleyball are Muni's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Muni will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Muni lives on the plains of Thirumaraiyur, home to approximately 2,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Nadar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, waterborne diseases and malnutrition. Adults in Thirumaraiyur work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Canon Thomas Sither Integrated Children's Center to provide Muni with Bible teaching, musical instrument training, health screenings, sports, computer education, tuition, field trips, special celebrations and tutoring. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and skills training for the parents or guardians of Muni.
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