Archana lives with her aunt. She is responsible for carrying water and running errands. Her aunt maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Archana participates in Christian instruction. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing jacks and playing house are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Archana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Archana lives on the plains of Maruthanagar, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or mud floors; mud or brick walls; and tile or tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, coughs, diarrhea and vomiting. Most adults in Maruthanagar work as day laborers or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $61 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, permanent housing and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Haniel Children's Project to provide Archana with Bible teaching, Christian character development activities, health and hygiene education, group games, field trips, basic computer skills courses, music and cultural dance classes, talent development, counseling and career development. The center staff will also provide counseling and parenting programs for the parents or guardians of Archana.
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: East of Valaichchenai