In his home, Pradum helps by carrying water 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 maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Art, walking and hide-and-seek are Pradum's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Pradum in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Pradum lives on the plains of Tar Baghia, home to approximately 80,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and plastic sheet roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis and seasonal mosquito-spread diseases. Most adults in Tar Baghia work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs safe drinking water, garbage collections and technical skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mar Thoma Bal Vikas Kendra, Kanpur, to provide Pradum with Bible classes, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, immunizations, field trips, sports, leadership education, school supplies, uniforms, tuition and academic support. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, income-generating programs, counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Pradum.
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: West of Kanpur