Salitha makes his home with his father and his mother. Gathering firewood, washing clothes and making beds are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Salitha participates in Christian instruction. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Art, playing ball games and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Salitha to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Salitha lives in the mountainous community of Hali-ela, home to approximately 14,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue, diarrhea and chicken pox. Most adults in Hali-ela are day laborers and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs educational materials, libraries, improved roads and clean water.
The sponsorship allows the staff of Hali-ela Child Development Center to provide Salitha with Bible teaching, sports, group games, nutritious meals, health checkups, health education, etiquette classes, literacy classes, vocational training, computer classes and music studies. The center staff will also provide counseling, cultural programs, health seminars, evangelism and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Salitha.
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: Southwest of Badhulla