Lathiban lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Lathiban enjoys playing with cars, playing ball games and playing group games. He attends Christian instruction regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Lathiban in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Lathiban lives in the mountainous community of Darawella, Dickoya, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wattle & daub floors, adobe walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, tuberculosis, colds, coughs, diarrhea and vomiting. Most adults in Darawella, Dickoya work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $61 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, preschool teacher training and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gideon Student Center to provide Lathiban with Bible teaching, character development activities, health and hygiene education, sports, field trips, computer skills, music and cultural dance classes, tutoring and talent development. The center staff will also provide counseling, nutrition education and parenting programs for the parents or guardians of Lathiban.
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