In his home, Raja helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Ping pong, soccer and volleyball are Raja's favorite activities. In college his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Raja will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Raja lives on the plains of Suviseshapuram, home to approximately 11,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice, dhal (lentils), fish, green leaves, millet, bananas, guava and papaya. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, gastrointestinal infections, anemia, migraines, scabies, colds, viral infections and urinary infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers or rolling beedies (cigarettes) and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of SANDS Child Development Center to provide Raja with Bible teaching, medical treatment, leadership training, special celebrations, tree planting opportunities, computer courses, vocational training and career guidance. The center staff will also provide income-generating programs, health education and supplies of fruit yielding trees for the parents or guardians of Raja.
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: South of Madurai