Annalakshmi lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Annalakshmi participates in church activities. She is also in pre-school where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Annalakshmi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Annalakshmi lives on the plains of Nalumavadi, home to approximately 3,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls, and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Chaklian and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, dengue, chicken pox and mumps. Half of the adults in Nalumavadi are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $52 per month. This community needs drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of New Life Child Development Center to provide Annalakshmi with Bible studies, nutrition supplements, health screenings, hygiene and nutrition education, special celebrations, cultural activities, sports and games, field trips, school supplies, tutoring, vocational training, computer classes and talent development. The center staff will also provide adult education and spiritual classes for the parents or guardians of Annalakshmi.
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