In his home, Saravanan helps by buying or selling in the market and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Saravanan participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Art, playing ball games and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Saravanan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Saravanan lives on the plains of Peikulam, home to approximately 7,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile or concrete roofs. The primary ethnic group is Yadavar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include colds, vitamin deficiencies, heart problems, throat infections, gastro-intestinal disorders, malaria, jaundice and typhoid. Half the adults in Peikulam are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, scholastic materials, improved housing and vocational courses.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Luke's Child Development Center to provide Saravanan with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, physical exercises, nutritious food, community service opportunities, leadership training, tuition, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide vocational training for the parents or guardians of Saravanan.
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