In his home, Nirmal helps by helping in the kitchen and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nirmal participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Rolling a hoop, bicycling and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nirmal will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nirmal lives in the forested community of Galkuliya, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sinhala.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, asthma and fevers. Most adults in Galkuliya work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income-generating opportunities and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Andigama Child Development Program to provide Nirmal with Bible classes, nutritious meals, health screenings, physical exercise classes, sports clubs, self-esteem activities, vocational training, tutoring, personality development workshops and talent shows. The center staff will also provide child protection training and family strengthening programs for the parents or guardians of Nirmal.
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: Northeast of Chilaw