In his home, Simiyon helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Simiyon participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in vocational training where his performance is average. Soccer, swimming and singing are his favorite activities.
Please remember Simiyon in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Simiyon lives in the mountainous community of Meppadi, home to approximately 18,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, stone walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia, dysentery and malnutrition. Most adults in Meppadi work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of C.S.I. Holy Immanuel Child Development Center to provide Simiyon with Bible teaching, health checkups, health education, hygiene supplies, nutritious food, picnics, field trips, tutoring and school supplies. The center staff will also provide skills training, meetings and awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Simiyon.
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