Sri Lanka

Working With Children in Sri Lanka



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
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:
  • 1,177 community members who went to our child protection training know how to respond to child abuse or neglect
  • 853 orphans and vulnerable children aged 0 to 17 received support from World Vision
  • 762 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence
  • 134 activities planned with local partners took place
  • 2,061 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sri Lanka funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 56,888 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 21,894 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 163 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 13,273 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 323,002 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Sri Lanka, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 280 school-aged children were trained in nutrition and nutrition-related topics
  • 375 pregnant women and new mothers took part in health and nutrition training
  • 138 adults and children were reached with health awareness information
  • 260 parents and caregivers with children under five learned about child development, nutrition, health and hygiene
  • 8 training courses were provided for our local partners who work with severely malnourished children

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sri Lanka funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 80 teachers learned new ways to teach kids to read
  • 60 parents and caregivers were trained to support our literacy programme
  • 309 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses
  • 3 new or renovated preschools now meet our quality standards
  • 35 staff members reported an increase in their own community development competence during their annual review

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sri Lanka funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 250 families with a child under age 5 in our nutrition programme were given farming, water, or income support
  • 147 families are raising backyard animals for family consumption
  • 780 farmers learned better ways to grow, harvest, or process their products
  • 116 households are involved in income generating projects that are not related to agriculture
  • 382 families started a small business

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sri Lanka funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 88 families who went to our training on how to treat water so that it's safe to drink are now using water filters or purification tablets to do so
  • 216 households now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 1,056 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 3 schools now have a new, safe water source
  • 505 students who went to our hygiene training have put what they learned into practise

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sri Lanka funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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