Pravin lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Pravin enjoys rolling a hoop, hide-and-seek and playing group games. He attends Christian instruction regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Pravin because he is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Pravin lives on the plains of Ellainagar, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or clay floors, tin or brick walls and tile, tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include cancer, colds, fevers, asthma, heat rashes and skin diseases. Most adults in Ellainagar work as day laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $77 per month. This community needs vocational training, English classes, a library and health education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Arise & Shine Children's Project to provide Pravin with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, games, art competitions, sports, educational field trips, vocational training and English classes. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting training for the parents or guardians of Pravin.
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 Chenkalady