Alwin makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alwin participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in additional schooling where his performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alwin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alwin lives in the hillside community of Perayam, home to approximately 28,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and plastic sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malayali and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of rice, bananas, tapioca and beans. A common health problem in this area is vitamin deficiency. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community has water, electricity and sanitation but needs adult literacy classes, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Carmel Child Development Center to provide Alwin with Bible studies, health education, medical checkups, hygiene supplies, sports, special celebrations, writing competitions, tuition, tutoring, life skills training and leadership development programs. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and substance abuse rehabilitation programs for the parents or guardians of Alwin.
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: Northeast of Trivandrum