Sujith lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Sujith works at home buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sujith participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Telling stories, art and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Sujith is visually impaired. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
Sujith lives in the hillside community of Vaniamkunnu, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Malayalis and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, cassava, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include gastrointestinal disease and malnutrition. Most adults in Vaniamkunnu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, vocational training and drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Thejus Child Development Center to provide Sujith with Bible teaching, health education, field trips, social events, tuition and tutoring. The center staff will also provide income-generation programs and family fellowships for the parents or guardians of Sujith.
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: South of Mangalore