In her home, Vidya helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Vidya participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in college where her performance is average. Art, walking and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Vidya in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Vidya lives in the mountainous community of Vadvanchal, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Adiyar and Paniyan.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses. Half of the adults in Vadvanchal are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs electricity, proper sanitation, scholastic materials and self-employment training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Manas Child Development Center to provide Vidya with Bible teaching, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, health education, health screenings, field trips, special celebrations, uniforms, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Vidya.
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