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Manivannan Suriya  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: August 18, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Sri Lanka
  • Center: Mount Vernon Child Development Center
  • Child ID: LK2010030
    • Waiting: 227 Days for a sponsor.
Suriya lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. Suriya works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Suriya participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing ball games, reading and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Suriya in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Suriya lives in the mountainous community of Mount Vernon, home to approximately 5,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of clay floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Indian Tamil and the most commonly spoken language is Tamil.

The regional diet consists of rice and rotti (thick pancake made out of flour). Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses and tuberculosis. Most adults in Mount Vernon work on tea plantations and earn the equivalent of $109 per month. This community needs adult literacy classes, employment opportunities, income-generating activities and a playground.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mount Vernon Child Development Center to provide Suriya with Bible studies, health education, nutritious meals, games, self-employment training, English classes and technology education. The center staff will also provide child care training and adult education for the parents or guardians of Suriya.
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: Southwest of Nuwara Eliya

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