India

India
India
India
An image of India Where India is in the world.

India is a huge and diverse country, surrounded on three sides by the sea, and to the north, the Himalayan Mountains. India is famous for its colours, food, cultures, landscapes and people. It’s also well known for its riches and its poverty.

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New Delhi

Compassion has been working in India since 1968.

Hindi

There are many different languages in India depending on where you live. The two official languages are Hindi and English.

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Namasté
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Aap kaise ho?
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Mein aacha hai

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Indian red panda

They are generally herbivores and are an endangered species.

Many people in India live with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members. In very poor areas people live in slums where houses are made from wood, corrugated metal, sheets of plastic and cardboard boxes. There is often no clean water, proper toilets or any electricity in the slums.

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1.2 billion

Compassion supports more than 134,900 children in India.

India is the second largest country in the world, based on the number of people living there. While there are large numbers of well-educated, wealthy people, over 600 million people still live in extreme poverty.

There are many issues that keep people poor. One of them is the caste system. This is a system of ranking groups of people from high to low. People look at those who are ranked highly as important and well liked, and the people who are ranked low as unimportant. Those that are ranked low are often treated badly and it is believed that they deserve to be poor and to not have any rights.

Of course, many of these people are children. In fact, of India’s nearly 400 million children, an estimated 70 million are forced to work and 15 million are homeless.

Watch Soundarya’s story – she lives in India and will show you how her life has changed.

Many families in poverty end up living in slavery to others in order to earn enough money to eat. Watch Soundarya's story.

Pray for those people who are low down in the caste system. Pray that they would know how special and loved they are by God.

Please pray for girls and women in India who are often treated badly. Pray that they would be respected.

Pray that children in Compassion projects would become good leaders who can help to change India.

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Rupee

The rupee is subdivided into 100 paise.

There are 570 Compassion projects in India.

How can you encourage your sponsored child?

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in India.

India is famous for the beautiful colours and smells of its spices. Try making this balti:

Recipe: Chicken and spinach balti

Chicken and spinach balti Ingredients (adult help needed)

 

For the marinade:

  • 2.5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • ½ teaspoon of: ground coriander; chilli powder; ground turmeric and ground cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 75ml plain yoghurt

For the curry:

  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, flesh finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato purée
  • A splash of water
  • 75ml double cream
  • 150g baby spinach leaves
  • Small handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 100g basmati rice cooked according to packet

1.For the marinade, finely chop the ginger and garlic then place into a bowl. Add the lime juice, ground coriander, chilli powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin and salt and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and the yoghurt and stir to coat the chicken. Leave to marinate covered, in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes or for an hour if possible.

2. For the curry, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat and add the onion. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and the tomato purée and cook gently for about one minute.

3. Add the chicken to the pan along with the marinade and a splash of water. Pour in the cream, turn up the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. There should be no pink when you cut into it.

4. Add the spinach to the pan and stir until just wilted.

5. Sprinkle over the coriander and enjoy!

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The game of chess was invented in India.

Why do pandas have fur coats?

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Because they don’t look good in denim jackets.

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, WWF, Wikipedia