In her home, Dilshanthini helps by carrying water, making beds and running errands. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing jacks, telling stories and listening to music are Dilshanthini's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Christian instruction.
Because of your sponsorship, Dilshanthini will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dilshanthini lives in the hillside community of Pundaluoya, home to approximately 120,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin or asbestos roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Tamil and Sinhalese.
The regional diet consists of bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, coughs, colds and waterborne and airborne diseases. Most adults in Pundaluoya work as day laborers, in factories or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs libraries, scholastic materials, roads and vocational skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pundaluoya Student Center to provide Dilshanthini with Bible teaching, free medical clinics, health education, nutritious meals, special cultural celebrations, educational classes and field trips. The center staff will also provide family counseling for the parents or guardians of Dilshanthini.
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: Southeastern Pundaluoya