Sri Lanka

Status on Sri Lanka Emergency


 

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Since the situation is actively evolving, it is not possible to post updates on our website as they may quickly become outdated.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. 

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:
  • 1,118 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 1 community groups engaged in Citizen Voice and Action activities, calling on their governments to deliver the basic services that have been promised.
  • 10 community leaders, faith leaders and local partners were trained to understand and address underlying issues that make children vulnerable.
  • 2,465 orphans and vulnerable children under age 18 received free basic external support through World Vision supported efforts
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 21 malnourished children recovered their health because of nutrition treatment.
  • 21 malnourished children, together with their caregivers, were registered in community-based nutrition rehabilitation workshops.
  • 199 people participated in trainings, counseling or activities intended to teach healthy nutrition and feeding practices.
  • 9,498 people learned how to protect themselves against COVID-19 through awareness sessions.
  • 50 community health workers received training on the prevention of COVID-19.
  • 1,006 educational materials related to COVID-19 were printed and distributed.
  • 3,491 people received personal protective equipment to prevent COVID-19.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 10 Unlock Literacy reading clubs achieved set quality standards, creating fun and educational settings to develop children’s literacy.
  • 483 young people participated in groups and clubs bringing them together with their peers to learn new skills and develop positive values.
  • 10 early childhood development centres were established or improved, meeting the set quality standards for young children's education.
  • 17 caregivers received training to support their children's early reading skills using the Unlock Literacy approach.
  • 74 teachers received training in topics such as literacy, early childhood development and child-centered approaches.
  • 5,941 reading materials were provided to schools and communities in support of children's education.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 1,704 people are participating in activities that generate income.
  • 5 active savings groups created settings for members to learn financial skills, save money collectively and gain access to small loans.
  • 144 people were actively involved in savings groups, providing them with financial literacy training and access to small loans.
  • 121 households report that their production has increased.
  • 387 people were trained in agriculture and livestock techniques including food production, livestock handling, climate-smart techniques and post-harvest storage methods.
  • 513 people were trained in business and entrepreneurial skills, including financial literacy and income-generating activities outside of livestock-rearing and agriculture.
  • 1 community updated their disaster preparedness plans to provide guidance during emergency situations.
  • 633 producer groups were operational, with members working together to create or sell products.
  • 895 people received support with agricultural resources, including large and small livestock and seeds.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 1,432 people had access to sanitation facilities at home or school.
  • 1,683 people had access to safe drinking water.
  • 974 people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives.
  • 6 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) committees were established or reactivated, with training for members.
  • 5 sanitation facilities, including latrines and garbage disposals, were constructed or updated in schools, homes and health centres.
  • 1,786 hygiene kits distributed to support people's health and cleanliness.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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