In his home, Aamir helps by running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Aamir enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Aamir in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Aamir lives on the plains of Dharavi, home to approximately 200,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; tin, plastic, cardboard or bamboo walls; and tin, cardboard or plastic sheet roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include cholera, jaundice, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and waterborne and vector borne diseases. Most adults in Dharavi work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, technical education opportunities and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Prem Sagar Child Development Center to provide Aamir with Bible teaching, sports, medical checkups, immunizations, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, tuition, school supplies, special celebrations and school fees. The center staff will also provide family counseling for the parents or guardians of Aamir.
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 Mumbai