In his home, Vivek helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and art are Vivek's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Vivek will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vivek lives in the hillside community of Vattappara, home to approximately 103,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of fish, brown rice and tapioca. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, ENT illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs water, proper waste management and vocational courses.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Immanuel Child Development Center to provide Vivek with discipleship training, hygiene supplies, medical checkups, health education, first aid training, sports, art competitions, school fees, English courses and computer classes. The center staff will also provide skills development programs, counseling and medical checkups for the parents or guardians of Vivek.
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