In his home, Gaurav helps by 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 2 children in the family.
Hide-and-seek and playing group games are Gaurav's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gaurav will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gaurav lives on the plains of Harrai Village, home to approximately 13,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of grass floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Bhojpuri and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of rice, green vegetables, dhal (lentils) and chapati (unleavened flat bread). Common health problems in this area include malaria, jaundice and diarrhea. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs safe drinking water, stable employment opportunities, improved sanitation and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Yeshu Darbar Child Development Center to provide Gaurav with Bible teaching, health care, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, group activities, sports, educational materials and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide parent/teacher meetings, group fellowship and family counseling for the parents or guardians of Gaurav.
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: Southwest of Allahabad