Praveen lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Praveen participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in vocational training where his performance is average. Singing, art and walking are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Praveen to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Praveen lives in the hillside community of Panacode, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dalith and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, tapioca, beef, potatoes, wheat, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include asthma and respiratory and eye infections. Most adults in Panacode work in rubber tapping or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Karunya Child Development Center to provide Praveen with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, self-defense training and vocational training classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, hygiene education and family financial planning for the parents or guardians of Praveen.
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: Northwest of Trivandrum