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R M Shawan Lakshan  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: November 22, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Sri Lanka
  • Center: Jayasuriyawella Calvary Child Development Center
  • Child ID: LK1030010
    • Waiting: 350 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
In his home, Shawan helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

Playing a musical instrument, playing with cars and singing are Shawan's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Please remember Shawan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Shawan lives in the coastal community of Nugape-Pamunugama, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and asbestos sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Sinhala.

The regional diet consists of fish and rice. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Nugape-Pamunugama work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs scholastic materials.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jayasuriyawella Calvary Child Development Center to provide Shawan with Bible teaching, monthly medical camps, sports, health education, educational field trips, computer courses and chess and swimming clubs. The center staff will also provide meetings and alcohol abuse prevention programs for the parents or guardians of Shawan.
Sri Lanka is an island located just south of India in the Indian Ocean. The terrain is made up of low-lying plains, although there is a mountainous region in the southern part of the island. Because of the tropical location, Sri Lanka experiences an extremely rainy climate, with monsoons in the northeast from December to March and monsoons in the southwest from June to October.

The majority of Sri Lankans are Sinhalese, although a small percentage of the population is also made up of Moors and Tamil. Sinhala is the official language, the other national language being Tamil. Although English is used in the government, only 10% of the population speaks English. Buddhism is the dominant religion practiced by 69% of Sri Lankans, while a small minority practice Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. As Sri Lanka is located in close proximity to major shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, much of the economy consists of exporting goods. More than half of Sri Lanka's exports are textiles and garments. Many Sri Lankans work abroad, mainly in the Middle East.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the island was controlled first by the Portuguese and then the Dutch. Sri Lanka celebrated its independence in 1948 although at that time it was known as Ceylon; it was not known as Sri Lanka until 1972. Beginning in 1983, the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority fought an ethnic war that lasted for more than two decades. Efforts by Norway in 2002 to broker a peace agreement between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in early 2008 were unsuccessful, and the conflict continued until May of 2009, when the government defeated the LTTE, finally bringing resolution to the longstanding unrest.



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Child's Location: North of Wattala

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