Harsha lives with his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Harsha enjoys playing with cars, bicycling and hide-and-seek. He attends Christian instruction regularly and is in primary school where his performance is below average.
Because of your sponsorship, Harsha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Harsha lives in the mountainous community of Dunkled Estate, home to approximately 500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of wheat bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, coughs, colds and malnutrition. Most adults work on tea plantations and earn the equivalent of $51 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, scholastic materials, access to secondary schools, employment opportunities and proper housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dunckled Child Development Center to provide Harsha with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health screening, health education, self-esteem building activities, music and art therapy, vocational training, literacy classes and personality development workshops. Forty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because the schools are very far away and there is no public transportation available.
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: Southeast of Hatton