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Ayush Rajesh Shelar  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: May 7, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: India
  • Center: HOPE Child Development Center
  • Child ID: IN8750117
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
    • Child is mentally or physically challenged.
Ayush lives with his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market and making beds. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

Playing group games is Ayush's favorite activity. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Your prayers are especially appreciated for Ayush because he is crippled in one arm. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Ayush lives in the mountainous community of Turbhe, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and waterborne and vector borne diseases. Most adults in Turbhe work as day laborers or prostitutes and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community is home to many commercial sex workers and needs improved sanitation and life skills training for girls.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of HOPE Child Development Center to provide Ayush with Bible teaching, spiritual retreats, nutritious food, health checkups, picnics, group games, counseling, life skills training and team building exercises. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are neglected by their parents. The center staff will also provide adult literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Ayush.
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.

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Child's Location: East of Mumbai

Child lives in an area with higher risk of child exploitation and abuse.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.