Thank you for reaching out and inquiring about the well-being of your sponsored child in Sri Lanka. World Vision is closely monitoring the political and economic unrest in the country and is in close communication with national staff on a regular basis. Since the situation is actively evolving, it is not possible to post updates on our website as they may quickly become outdated. However, we may reassess if the situation escalates.
As an organization with over 70 years of experience working some of the world’s most complex and dangerous places, World Vision has the expertise to continue to serve the most vulnerable children in Sri Lanka and remain committed to see our work continue.
Currently the situation in Sri Lanka has not disrupted our local community development programs. Rest assured that your sponsored child well-being and indeed all children in Sri Lanka are of our upmost concern.
All Area Programs are functioning currently. We normally do not close any Area Programs unless for a country lockdown. Our local staff are still reporting to work amid many challenges and difficulties (main challenges they face are due to fuel shortage). We continue all our planned activities together with some of the immediate relief activities with some repurposed funding.
A national response plan is in place that’s focused on vulnerable households, school children, lactating mothers and pregnant women has been planned. This includes:
Food assistance, targeted nutrition services, safe drinking water and emergency livelihoods support for the most vulnerable are provided to save their lives.
Livelihood assistance provided to support the resumption of basic productive activities for the maintenance of livelihoods, food and nutrition security.
Protection of children strengthened during the economic crisis.
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.
World Vision has successfully increased comprehension rates in Sri Lanka from 18 per cent in 2014 to 65 per cent in 2021. Some of our other recent accomplishments include: providing COVID-19 awareness sessions to 9,498 people; giving 1,683 people access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to 1,432 people; and providing trainings on child protection, gender-based violence, positive parenting, children’s rights and early marriage to 1,118 children and adults.
All of our work points toward 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.