Umesha lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Umesha enjoys ping pong, singing and telling stories. She attends Christian instruction regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Umesha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Umesha lives the plains of Minneriya, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sinhala and the most commonly spoken language is Sinhalese.
The regional diet consists of bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include kidney failure, waterborne diseases and osteoporosis. Most adults in Minneriyai work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs teachers, scholastic materials, alternative income sources, permanent houses and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shalome Children's Project to provide Umesha with Bible teaching, Christian character development activities, health and hygiene education, group games, field trips, basic computer skills courses, music and cultural dance classes, talent development, community service opportunities and counseling. The center staff will also provide parenting programs and counseling for the parents or guardians of Umesha.
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: Northwest of Hingurakgoda