The community of Kiran is graduating

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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
  • 2 actions were taken in response to complaints or feedback received from the beneficiary
  • 3 awareness programs were conducted to reduce the effects of alcoholism and drug use
  • 3 awareness programs and training on child protection and action plans for partners was conducted
  • 2 awareness creation events were conducted regarding Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management
  • 410 students, including those with special needs, graduated to a higher literacy level
  • 4 interventions were conducted through school development committees to address the gaps in the physical and human resources of schools
  • 13 schools with at least one model classroom for primary students
  • 2 capacity building programs were conducted for school development committee strengthening
  • 6 interventions were conducted to address the gaps in early childhood care and development centres
  • 1 capacity building programs was conducted for school staff
  • 140 families benefitted from a "celebrating families" program
  • 4 activities focused on building positive relationships were initiated by school development committees, community based organizations or faith-based organizations.
  • 225 children participated in activities that encourage positive relationships with peers, family and community members
  • 46 households started new savings accounts
  • 26 functioning savings clubs were established
  • 2 producer groups were formed
  • 23 youth were enrolled in vocational training
  • 397 youth participated in career guidance
  • 53 youth participated in career guidance
  • 35 beneficiaries were trained on business skills to start or improve a business
  • 65 families created comprehensive family development plans
  • 105 households received livelihood assets such as seeds, fertilizer, plants, animals, equipment to start income-generating activities or home gardens
  • 19 producers engaged in value-added production
  • 130 households received technical training
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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!