Arun lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Arun works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Arun enjoys art, walking and playing ball games. He attends church activities regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Arun to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Arun lives on the plains of Vellore, home to approximately 3,928,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud 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 and rice. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, waterborne diseases and viral infections. Most adults in Vellore work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $63 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation, tuition assistance and vocational skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CROSS Home for the Deaf to provide Arun with Bible studies, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, field trips, sports, talent shows, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, school fees, uniforms, cultural programs, English classes, scholastic materials, drawing competitions and income-generating programs. The center staff will also provide meetings, retreats and skills training for the parents or guardians of Arun.
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: Northern Vellore