India is a huge country in the continent of Asia. Most of India forms a peninsula, which means it is surrounded by water on three sides. It has the second largest population in the world! The people in India are born into groups called castes. The ‘caste’ a person is born into will decide what job a person can do, where they live, even who they can marry. People born into a lower caste, or no caste at all, are often very poor and unable to make their situation better.
People from India are called Indians. Its official languages are Hindi and English, though there are another 21 official languages too! Most people in India follow the Hindu faith, but there are Christians in India too. Some of these children are members of Mission Together clubs. To help children get to know Jesus better, members of the Mission Together clubs take part in Bible story telling events. Sometimes they use drama or dance to retell stories Jesus told.
The young man in the film below is called Arkamesh, he lives one of India’s many huge slums. Slum is the name given to a greatly overcrowded area of a city. Slums often lack the things people need to live healthy lives: running water, electricity, access to medical care, schools. Houses and shelters in slums are also very basic.
Mission Together supports a youth project that Arkamesh attends. At the project Arkamesh gets extra help with school work and takes part in a Children’s Parliament. Listen to Arkamesh talk about what how the Children’s Parliament is making a difference in the slum. Would you like to be part of a parliament like this?