Sewvanthi lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sewvanthi participates in Christian instruction. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Please remember Sewvanthi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Sewvanthi lives on the plains of Manampitiya, Dimbulagala, home to approximately 95,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin or asbestos sheet roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, coughs, diarrhea, vomiting, osteoporosis and kidney illnesses. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community needs teachers, scholastic materials, potable water and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Children's Program, Manampitiya to provide Sewvanthi with devotions, health and hygiene education, sports, cultural events, field trips, computer skills courses, music and cultural dance classes, talent development and counseling. The center staff will also provide parenting programs and health education for the parents or guardians of Sewvanthi.
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: Southeast of Kaduruwella, Polonnaruwa