Sri Lanka

Working With Children in Sri Lanka

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. 

  • Domestic violence and alcohol consumption decreased when we worked with fathers to prevent violence against women and children and encouraged their involvement as partners and caregivers.
  • 43 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 186 children in Sri Lanka received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 300 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being

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

  • We provided nutrition education for local mothers, increasing their capacity to feed their children using locally-available ingredients; knowledge they then shared with others in their communities.
  • 1,492 malnourished children in Sri Lanka were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 485 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 22,060 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources

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

  • Education was improved by building the capacity of Parent Teacher Associations to monitor schools and promote the importance of education for preschoolers and children with disabilities.
  • 4,180 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 229 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 39 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students

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

  • We equipped families with resources and skills to increase household income through home gardens, increased crop harvests, raising of dairy cows and starting or strengthening small businesses.
  • 940 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 135 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,351 youths were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling

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