Yohan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Yohan works at home carrying water, caring for animals and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, playing with marbles and bicycling are Yohan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Yohan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Yohan lives in the coastal community of Thiladiya, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tamil.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue, fevers, seizures and kidney diseases. Most adults in Thiladiya work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $78 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income generating training, drinking water, electricity and sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Thiladiya Child Development Program to provide Yohan with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious food, music and art therapy, vocational training, literacy classes, handicrafts and talent shows. The center staff will also provide counseling, child protection training and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Yohan.
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 Puttalama