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Vijaya Weeren Pragash  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: February 16, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Sri Lanka
  • Center: Punduloya Student Center
  • Child ID: LK2090046
Pragash makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Pragash participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Rolling a hoop is his favorite activity.

Because of your sponsorship, Pragash will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Pragash lives in the mountainous community of Fernlands Group, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Tamil.

The regional diet consists of rice. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Fernlands Group work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs computer training centers and self-employment education and start-up funds.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Punduloya Student Center to provide Pragash with opportunities to view Jesus films, Christian values teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, sports, English classes, computer courses, vocational training and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities training for the parents or guardians of Pragash.
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 Punduloya

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.