Keshan makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Keshan participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Swimming, walking and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Keshan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Keshan lives in the hillside community of Raigam Estate, Ingiriya, home to approximately 8,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and asbestos sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Indian Tamil and the most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Sinhala.
The regional diet consists of rice and rotti (a thick pancake made of flour). Common health problems in this area include wheezing, waterborne diseases, respiratory illnesses and tuberculosis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs adult literacy classes, scholastic materials and income-generating opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of I.G.T. Social Service Child Development Centre to provide Keshan with Bible studies, health education, nutritious meals, games, self-employment training, English classes and technology education. The center staff will also provide child care education and adult education for the parents or guardians of Keshan.
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: Northeast of Horana