Shivam lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
Playing with cars, singing and playing with marbles are Shivam's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Shivam in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Shivam lives on the plains of Uttartola, Semra, Jungletola, or Masidiyatola home to approximately 10,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and concrete or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bhojpuri Hindus or Nepali Hindus.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, polio, encephalitis and viral fevers. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. These communities need improved sanitation and drinking water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of HEM Bal Vikas Kendra to provide Shivam with Bible teaching, monthly medical checkups, trips to the park, tuition, school supplies, homework help, health education and etiquette classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and counseling for the parents or guardians of Shivam.
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: Southeast of Delhi