Sunish lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, soccer and basketball are Sunish's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Sunish in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Sunish lives in the hillside community of Meenadom, home to approximately 64,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed cement floors, brick walls and tin sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malyalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, viral fevers, jaundice and chickenpox. Most adults in Meenadom are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs improved sanitation and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of I.P.C. Meenadom Child Development Center to provide Sunish with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene education, cultural programs, field trips, tutoring, school supplies and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings and skills training for the parents or guardians of Sunish.
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.
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Child's Location: Southeast of Cochin