Nisha makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nisha participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Singing, walking and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Nisha to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Nisha lives in the hillside community of Puthupally, home to approximately 55,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Dalit Christians and Dravidans and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of rice, beef, potatoes, beans, bananas, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, measles, chicken pox, jaundice, skin diseases and diarrhea. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $57 per month. This community has water, electricity and medical centers but needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kottayam Youth Transit Center to provide Nisha with Bible studies, health checkups, health education, sports, tuition, vocational training, career guidance and counseling. The center staff will also provide income-generating programs, vocational training and health education for the parents or guardians of Nisha.
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: South of Cochin