In her home, Nisha helps by gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and gardening. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Nisha enjoys singing, art and walking. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in college where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Nisha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nisha lives on the plains of Nagercoil, home to approximately 236,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud, cement or clay tile floors; adobe walls; and thatch, tile or cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of tapioca, rice, eggs, plantains and fish. Common health problems in this area include viral infections, malaria, dysentery, malnutrition, jaundice, chicken pox, mumps, skin diseases, elephantiasis and cancer. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs awareness on the importance of education and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nagercoil Youth Transit Center to provide Nisha with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious food, environmental protection awareness, field trips and vocational training. The center staff will also provide literacy programs and retreats for the parents or guardians of Nisha.
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