Joshy lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Joshy works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joshy participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Singing, playing with marbles and walking are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Joshy to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Joshy lives in the hillside community of Erattayar, home to approximately 20,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and asbestos roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malayali and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava, beef, rice and plantains. Common health problems in this area include typhoid, asthma, cancer, psoriasis and kidney failure. Most adults in Erattayar work as day laborers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs income-supplementing programs and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of New Life Child Development Center to provide Joshy with Bible studies, retreats, health screenings, nutritious food, first aid training, art classes, sports and games, tuition and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide meetings and counseling for the parents or guardians of Joshy.
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: Southwest of Madurai