Githin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Githin participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in college where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Githin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Githin lives in the hillside community of Sulthan Bathery, home to approximately 48,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, stone walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Adi Dravidians and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dysentery and anemia. Most adults in Sulthan Bathery work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $39 per month. This community has water but needs tuition assistance, educational materials and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.S.I. Bethel Child Development Center to provide Githin with Bible teaching, retreats, health checkups, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, health education, picnics, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring, library use, school supplies and grammar and language classes. The center staff will also provide skills training and retreats for the parents or guardians of Githin.
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