Usha lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Usha works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Usha participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Usha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Usha lives in the coastal community of Kottarakara, home to approximately 59,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and wood roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread, beef, plantains and rice. A common health problem in this area is anemia. Most adults in Kottarakara work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs food, shelter and medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mizpah Child Development Center to provide Usha with Bible studies, choir, health education, medical and dental checkups, sports competitions, field trips, leadership development, special celebrations, cultural programs, computer courses and English classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Usha.
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 Trivandrum