In his home, Akhil helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Akhil participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Akhil will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Akhil lives in the hillside community of Passupara, home to approximately 16,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, stone walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dalits and the most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, rice, tapioca and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include fevers and skin diseases. Most adults in Passupara work on tea plantations and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs electricity, improved sanitation, tuition assistance and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Passupara Child Development Center to provide Akhil with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, environmental protection programs, tuition and skills development programs. The center staff will also provide spiritual counseling and family fellowship for the parents or guardians of Akhil.
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: East of Cochin