Vadivookarasi lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include buying or selling in the market , helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vadivookarasi participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in college where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Vadivookarasi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vadivookarasi lives on the plains of Palayamkottai, home to approximately 300,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with tile, concrete or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malnutrition, fevers, coughs, malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Palayamkottai work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs potable water, improved sanitation and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sarah Tucker Child Development Center to provide Vadivookarasi with Bible teaching, health and dental checkups, health education, field trips, leadership camps, sports, life skills training, tuition, computer courses and English classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and skills training for the parents or guardians of Vadivookarasi.
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