The community of Kiran is graduating

Kiran’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Kiran get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Kiran has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Kiran community is located in eastern Sri Lanka, in a remote region. People here live in simple, temporary houses made of leaves and wood. The weather is generally dry and hot, with rains from October to January during the monsoon season.

Civil war has left infrastructure like roads, bridges, and causeways damaged beyond repair. Agriculture and fishing are the economic mainstays of the area, but an estimated 80% of people live below the poverty line, earning less than 1,500 rupees (CAD $16) a month.

Life is extremely difficult in the community. Civil conflict and natural disasters mean that about one-quarter of families are headed solely by mothers. Children are often sent to work in order to contribute to the family income. Many children and women show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and most families in Kiran eat fewer than three meals a day.
People in Kiran are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,200 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 26 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 7 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 98 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 132 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 139 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 353 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 4 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 197 malnourished children have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 213 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 270 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 400 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 12 people received farm animals from other community members as part of a livestock pass-on program
  • 222 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 39 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 642 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 82 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 305 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 61 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Kiran

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kiran,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!