Pramila lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Singing, playing with dolls and walking are Pramila's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Christian instruction.
Because of your sponsorship, Pramila will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Pramila lives in Avissawella, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses area constructed of cement or wood floors; wood, mud or brick walls; and tile or asbestos sheet roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sinhala and Tamil.
The regional diet consists of rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers and asthma. Most adults in Avissawella are employed as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $61 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, employment opportunities, proper houses and awareness on the importance of education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Avissawella Child Development Center to provide Pramila with Bible teaching, games, health camps, eye clinics, computer training programs, sewing classes, income-generating projects and sports. Twenty-seven percent of the children in this project are not attending school because families lack economic resources, schools are too far and travel to school is inconvenient.
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.
Map of Sri Lanka
Child's Location: In Avissawella