Sivashankar lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Sivashankar enjoys soccer, art and listening to music. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in college where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Sivashankar to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Sivashankar lives on the plains of Yelagiri Hills, home to approximately 15,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Irular, Malayali and Koundas. The most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, gastrointestinal disorders, skin diseases and malnutrition. Most adults in Yelagiri Hills work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, educational materials and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Immanuel Child Development Center to provide Sivashankar with Bible teaching, health education, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, field trips, tutoring, computer courses and writing and grammar classes. The center staff will also provide skills training, retreats and meetings for the parents or guardians of Sivashankar.
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: Southwest of Vellore