Sri Lanka

Working With Children in Sri Lanka

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

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World Vision has been serving the people of Sri Lanka for more than 40 years with development and relief programs across the Island. We are active in over 2,500 villages, impacting the lives of more than 270,000 children in Sri Lanka. 

All of our work points towards one goal: the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. We work with families, communities and partners to help meet the needs of children through sustainable development. Our approach is participatory and community-driven, empowering communities to take ownership of their development journey. 

Your impact in Sri Lanka

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 258 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 89 adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 112 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 78 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 412 support groups established to carry out local outreach on various child well-being topics
  • 209 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 185 people leaned how to manage disasters and respond to emergencies in order to protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 4 community groups are teaching children and families to manage disasters and respond to emergencies in order to protect themselves in times of crisis
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 910 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 792 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,851 people learned about health and nutrition topics
  • 3 health facilities were improved with renovations or stocked with resources to better care for children and families
  • 53 groups are helping people learn about health and proper nutrition
  • 21 people received information about how to properly care for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 2,791 children are participating in clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 13 reading clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 1,628 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 674 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 295 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 85 teaching resources like stories were developed locally so that children can learn from culturally relevant content
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 5,569 yards of fabric were shipped to provide resources for economic development initiatives
  • 1,615 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 661 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 423 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 585 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 31 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 35 people received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 389 people in emergencies received life-saving support like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits
  • 3,662 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 717 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 9 new or improved latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 5,399 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 11 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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