Anju makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Anju participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Anju will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Anju lives in the coastal community of Uchakkada, Vizhinaam, home to approximately 71,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic group is Malayali and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of rice, chicken, fish and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, viral infections, scabies, diphtheria, measles and chicken pox. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs improved sanitation, vocational training centers and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bedesta Child Development Center to provide Anju with Bible classes, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, field trips, sports activities, birthday celebrations, cultural programs, tuition, computer courses and English classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and family counseling for the parents or guardians of Anju.
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