In her home, Vivitha helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Vivitha enjoys rolling a hoop, playing jacks and singing. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is below average.
Please remember Vivitha in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Vivitha lives in the coastal community of Pala kudawa, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Sinhala.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers and dengue. Most adults in Pala kudawa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs basic scholastic materials, income generating programs and improved farming technology.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Thalawila Child Development Program to provide Vivitha with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious meals, sports, music and art therapy, vocational training, literacy classes, special celebrations, talent shows and technical training. The center staff will also provide retreats, child protection training and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Vivitha.
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 Kalpitiya