In her home, Christina helps by buying or selling in the market , running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Art, walking and hide-and-seek are Christina's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Christina in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Christina lives on the plains of Kandipedu, home to approximately 16,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adhi Dravida and the most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Telugu.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, mutton, milk, vegetables, greens, fruit, potatoes and rice. A common health problem in this area is viral fevers. Adults in Kandipedu work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $24 per month. This community needs water, vocational courses and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kandipedu Child Development Center to provide Christina with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, games, social awareness programs, life skills training, tuition and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health education, vocational training and meetings for the parents or guardians of Christina.
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: Northeast of Vellore