Rukhama makes her home with her father and her mother. Buying or selling in the market is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Rukhama enjoys hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Rukhama to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Rukhama lives in the hillside community of Hardaun, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Kol.
The regional diet consists of bread, rice, vegetables and pulses (legumes). Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers or agricultural laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and alternative sources of income.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Susandesh Bal Vikas Kendra to provide Rukhama with Bible teaching, health checkups, immunizations, nutrition supplements, hygiene and health education, group games, field trips, school supplies, tutoring, English courses and arts and crafts classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, health and hygiene education and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Rukhama.
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.
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Child's Location: South of Allahabad