In her home, Shinju helps by buying or selling in the market , helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, bicycling and listening to music are Shinju's favorite activities. In vocational training her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Shinju will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shinju lives in the hillside community of Uppada Village, home to approximately 9,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi Dravida (Malayali) and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, chicken, beef, bread, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue, leptospirosis (infectious disease) and viral infections. Most adults in Uppada Village work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, vocational training and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Malabar Marthoma Child Development Center to provide Shinju with Bible teaching, retreats, medical checkups, vaccinations, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, field trips, recreational activities, tuition, academic support, library use, English classes and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, skills training and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Shinju.
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 Cochin