Akshitha lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Akshitha works at home teaching others, buying or selling in the market and gardening. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, telling stories and art are Akshitha's favorite activities. In vocational training her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Akshitha in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Akshitha lives in the hillside community of Vellanad, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malayali and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, rice and tapioca. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, the flu, tuberculosis, malaria, asthma, colds and fevers. Most adults in Vellanad work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community has electricity but needs improved sanitation, vocational training courses and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vellanad Child Development Center to provide Akshitha with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, nutritious food, sports, hygiene and health education, birthday celebrations, tuition, tutoring, career guidance and library activities. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Akshitha.
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.
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Child's Location: Southeast of Trivandrum