Manju lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Manju participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Manju to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Manju lives in the hillside community of Vattavada, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Malayalis and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dysentery and bronchitis. Most adults in Vattavada work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community has water and medical facilities but needs better roads and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vattavada Child Development Center to provide Manju with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutrition supplements, field trips, sports and games, music courses, tutoring and handicraft classes. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, medical checkups and child abuse prevention education for the parents or guardians of Manju.
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: Northwest of Madurai