Sadhna makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water and buying or selling in the market are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sadhna participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Sadhna will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sadhna lives in the hillside community of Baithakwa Village, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kol and the commonly spoken languages are Kol and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, vegetables and pulses (legumes). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, skin infections, malaria, waterborne diseases and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Baithakwa Village work as day laborers, farmers or agricultural laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs safe drinking water, electricity, vocational training centers, improved agriculture practices and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Umeed Child Development Center to provide Sadhna with Bible teaching, indoor and outdoor games, nutritious food, health screening, hygiene education, group games, school supplies, tutoring and computer education. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Sadhna.
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 Allahabad