Arun makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Arun participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Singing, walking and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Arun in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Arun lives in the hillside community of Chettukuzhy, home to approximately 13,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Mannan, Muthuvan and Arayan. The most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include asthma and viral infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community needs alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs, vocational training and low cost education programs.
Your sponsorship allows this staff of Jeevan Jyothi Child Development Center to provide Arun with Bible teaching, health education, nutritious food, immunizations, health checkups, sports and games, tutoring, field trips, vocational training and grammar classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Arun.
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