Saniya lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. There are 2 children in the family. Her grandfather is not employed and her grandmother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Saniya participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Telling stories, art and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Saniya because she has asthma. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Saniya 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 groups and languages are Tamil and Sinhala.
The regional diet consists of rice. Most adults in Fernlands Group work as animal herders, day laborers, in factories or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $71 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and a playground.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Punduloya Student Center to provide Saniya with Bible teaching, picnics, health screenings, supplemental food, indoor and outdoor games, nutrition education, drama activities, gardening, educational assistance, remedial classes and educational field trips.
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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