Tharidu lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, art and playing ball games are Tharidu's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Tharidu because he is visually impaired and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Tharidu lives in the coastal community of Inigodawela, home to approximately 7,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group most commonly spoken language is Sinhala.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases, dengue and diarrhea. Most adults in Inigodawela work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, teachers, vocational training and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Inigodawela Student Development Center to provide Tharidu with Bible studies, nutritious meals, health screening, health education, self-esteem building activities, music and art therapy, vocational training, literacy classes and personality development workshops. The center staff will also provide family fellowship programs, child protection training and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Tharidu.
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: South of Puttalam