In her home, Shiji helps by washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Shiji participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, walking and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Shiji will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shiji lives in the coastal community of Kanjirakulam Panchayat, home to approximately 55,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group is Hindu and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia and malnutrition. Most adults in Kanjirakulam Panchayat are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs adult literacy programs and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Thabitha Child Development Center to provide Shiji with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, special celebrations, tutoring and field trips. The center staff will also provide vocational training, meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Shiji.
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