Roy lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Roy works at home carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Roy participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Roy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Roy lives in the community of Maramon Chirayirampu, home to approximately 17,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, wheat, plantains, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include colds, coughs and skin diseases. Half the adults in Maramon Chirayirampu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $39 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beersheba Child Development Center to provide Roy with Bible studies, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, medical checkups, health education, sports, cultural programs, field trips, tuition, school supplies and career guidance. The center staff will also provide self-employment training and de-addiction programs for the parents or guardians of Roy.
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 Cochin