Aslin 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 laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Aslin enjoys playing a musical instrument, volleyball and art. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Aslin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Aslin lives in the mountainous community of Thuckalay, home to approximately 22,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi-Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice, bananas and tapioca. Common health problems in this area include chicken pox, sinus infections, viral fevers, malaria, colds, fevers, typhoid and the flu. Most adults in Thuckalay work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water, electricity, school supplies and vocational education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Thuckalay Child Development Center to provide Aslin with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, health education, medical checkups, life skills training, field trips, indoor and outdoor games, tuition and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings, skills training, self-help programs, fellowship and counseling programs for the parents or guardians of Aslin.
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: Southeast of Trivandrum