Priya lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Priya works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Priya enjoys singing, walking and playing ball games. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in college where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Priya to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Priya lives on the plains of Chemboor, home to approximately 62,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group and language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include typhoid colds, chickenpox, mumps and viral fevers. Most adults in Chemboor are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, water, computer education centers and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Good Shepherd Child Development Center to provide Priya with Bible teaching, choir, medical and eye checkups, health education, vaccinations, sports, field trips, art competitions, leadership camps, birthday celebrations, tuition and vocational training classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, parenting education and embroidery and tailoring classes for the parents or guardians of Priya.
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: Southeast of Trivandrum