In his home, Himanshu helps by buying or selling in the market and 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 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Himanshu participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Art, walking and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Please remember Himanshu in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Himanshu lives on the plains of Lohandi Kalan, home to approximately 6,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud or brick walls; and wood or tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors, market traders or in factories and earn the equivalent of $49 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, safe drinking water and school supplies.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eternal Grace Bal Vikas Kendra to provide Himanshu with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene supplies, sports, field trips, educational materials, school fees and skills development. Forty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they lack economic resources and parents are unaware of the value of education. The center staff will also provide counseling, meetings and income generating projects for the parents or guardians of Himanshu.
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