In his home, Nishanth helps by gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Nishanth enjoys art, walking and listening to music. He attends church activities regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Nishanth will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nishanth lives on the plains of Malaicode, home to approximately 58,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, anemia, dysentery, viral infections and asthma. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $51 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs scholastic materials and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sneha Jyothi Child Development Center to provide Nishanth with Bible classes, health screenings, parasite treatments, immunizations, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, leadership training, special celebrations, tutoring, counseling and skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, health checkups, literacy programs, leadership forums and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Nishanth.
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: Southeast of Trivandrum