Ajai lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ajai participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Telling stories, art and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Ajai in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ajai lives in the hillside community of Koilery, home to approximately 11,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; clay or brick walls; and tile or cement roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Adiyas, Paniyas and Kurichyas and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dysentery, anemia, coughs and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Koilery work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $58 per month. This community needs educational materials, tuition assistance, income-generating programs and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CSI St. Thomas Child Development Sponsorship Program to provide Ajai with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, regular exercise, annual medical checkups, field trips, tutoring, community service opportunities, health education, tutoring, language classes and vocational skills training.
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: North of Cochin