Dilshan lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dilshan participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Singing, art and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dilshan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dilshan lives on the plains of Mudalakkuliya, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The regional diet consists of rice.
Common health problems in this area include fevers. Most adults in Mudalakkuliya work as day laborers or animal herders and earn the equivalent of $95 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, stable employment opportunities, electricity and water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mudakkuliya Calvary Life Children Ministry to provide Dilshan with Bible studies, Bibles, health screenings, health education, physical exercises, nutritious meals, self-esteem activities, music and art therapy, vocational training, skills development classes, talent shows, sports and personality development workshops. The center staff will also provide child protection awareness programs, special celebrations and family get-togethers for the parents or guardians of Dilshan.
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 Anamaduwa