Priskilla lives with her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. Her mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Priskilla participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Priskilla will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Priskilla lives on the plains of Ranipet, home to approximately 496,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, skin diseases, malnutrition, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever. Most of the adults in Ranipet work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, vocational training and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vidva Ratna Villa Girl's Home to provide Priskilla with Bible teaching, vaccinations, health screenings, field trips, cultural programs, games, tuition, tutoring, career guidance, library use and educational classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Priskilla.
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: East of Vellore