Harish lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include buying or selling in the market , running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Harish enjoys reading and playing group games. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Harish to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Harish lives in the hillside community of Kotagiri, home to approximately 151,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Badugas and Thodas. The most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds and fevers. Most adults in Kotagiri work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs proper sanitation, income-generating programs, small business loans and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.S.I. Child Development Center, Kothagiri, to provide Harish with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health screenings, health education, field trips, leadership training, community service opportunities, tuition, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health education, family fellowship, spiritual retreats and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Harish.
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: West of Erode