Suva lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Suva enjoys art, walking and listening to music. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Suva in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Suva lives on the plains of Vellore-old town, home to approximately 80,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi-Dravidar and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal infections, vitamin deficiencies and waterborne diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $99 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.S.I. Ashram Child Development Center to provide Suva with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, nutritious meals, games, tutoring and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Suva.
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: East section of Vellore