Santhwana lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Santhwana participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Please remember Santhwana in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Santhwana lives in the hillside community of Moonamoodu, home to approximately 46,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dravidian and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of rice, fish, vegetables, meat and bananas. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis and thyroid disorders. Most adults in Moonamoodu work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and tuition assistance for higher education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christasramam CDC to provide Santhwana with Bible teaching, medical checkups, first aid training, hygiene supplies, field trips, birthday celebrations, sports and games, tuition, computer training, career guidance, English classes and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide meetings and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Santhwana.
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: South of Trivandrum