Bogawanthalawa's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Bogawanthalawa community is located in the central hills of Sri Lanka, about 140 kilometres from Colombo, the capital city. The area is famous for its tea. About 70% of people here work on tea estates. Landslides have a negative impact on livelihoods, affecting not only plantations but houses and other crops as well.

Families working on tea estates live in tiny, semi-permanent houses that are often no bigger than 72 square feet. Up to three generations of family live together, and there is serious overcrowding and a lack of privacy, especially for girls and women. Faced with a skyrocketing cost of living, families are often unable to meet their basic needs on a monthly income of less than CAD $40.
Child Protection
  • 15 community partners were actively engaged in the feedback and response system, working more effectively to safeguard and address children's needs.
  • 26 community partners and groups made contributions that improve the well-being of children, helping to build a safer community for boys and girls.
  • 304 people got information about World Vision and how it operates, learning its priority to keep children safe and how to share feedback or concerns.
  • 40 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 625 girls and boys are now registered in children groups
  • 7 training opportunities were provided for community partners, equipping them to improve the lives of children.
  • 2 local level advocacy initiatives were conducted
Health and Nutrition
  • 2 health facilities were improved based on the community scorecard
  • 281 households are rearing backyard animals for family consumption
  • 34 groups addressed nutrition-related issues
  • 344 mothers or caregivers attended mother support groups
  • 35 households are involved in home gardening which provides food for family consumption
  • 550 parents or caregivers participated in early childhood care and development, health and nutrition awareness
  • 6 families now have an improved shelter
  • 650 children were enrolled in healthy nutrition programs
Community Development
  • 8 partners completed micro projects to address child well-being issues
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1 advocacy group worked to address issues related to water, hygiene and sanitation, helping to create a cleaner living environment for children.
  • 1 improved gender-separated latrine stall on premises of a health facility
  • 1147 more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 136 households now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 162 households now have a solid waste management system
  • 2 hygiene promotion groups are now functioning at the community level
  • 2 water safety plans or water source protection plans were developed
  • 3 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 399 people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 472 individuals received awareness or training on household level solid waste management
  • 512 students who attended health and hygiene training now actively practise good hygiene habits, so they can better protect themselves from diseases.
  • 6 health and hygiene clubs or programmes were established in schools, helping students learn about clean water, hygiene and good sanitation habits.
  • 9 water source points had their water quality measured
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish academic competitions, study groups, and libraries.
  • Encourage the development of a healthy learning environment at home.
  • Increase teachers access to resources and training to improve the quality of instruction students receive.
  • Improve schools capacities to educate vulnerable children and students with disabilities.
  • Renovate schools and provide them with learning materials, proper water and sanitation facilities, and vegetable gardens.
  • Partner with local authorities to ensure there are adequate preschool facilities.
  • Improve training for preschool teachers.
  • Teach parents and community members about the importance of early childhood education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Partner with the Ministry of Health to strengthen maternal and child health programs.
  • Monitor and rehabilitate malnourished children.
  • Establish nutrition support groups, as well as home gardens, beekeeping, and poultry and goat farming to improve children's nutrient intake.
  • Partner with local authorities to improve health care facilities and staff training.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Develop strong local leadership to monitor children's safety and wellbeing in the community.
  • Prevent instances of child labour, child abuse, and gender inequality.
  • Train community-based children's rights groups to spread awareness and address child protection issues
  • Support children's programs that promote education, leadership, and conflict resolution.
  • Report cases of abuse and support vulnerable children, including orphans, children with disabilities, and child labourers.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Partner with local authorities to improve water quality and sanitation facilities.
  • Raise awareness about the prevention of waterborne diseases.
  • Encourage the protection of local water sources and promote the use of organic fertilizer and composting to prevent water contamination.
  • Support the establishment and management of water purification programs.
  • Establish proper drainage and garbage disposal systems.
  • Build sanitary latrines.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Bogawanthalawa can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Establish and support self-help groups and community-based savings and credit groups.

Explore Bogawanthalawa

current conditions

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

The needs in Bogawanthalawa

Poor school attendance is caused by many factors, including inadequate nutrition, illness, and difficult economic conditions. There are not enough resources, qualified teachers, or classroom space to accommodate the community's students. Schools are not equipped with laboratories, libraries, furniture, sanitation facilities, or drinking water, nor can they meet the needs of children with disabilities.

The conditions of preschools are poor and general school dropout rates are high. Girls often stay home to look after younger siblings while their parents are at work.

Health Care
Diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, and anemia are common in Bogawanthalawa. Over a third of children in the community are malnourished and maternal and infant mortality rates are high.

Child Protection
Human rights violations are widespread in Bogawanthalawa, and children are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. Children as young as 10 years old are sent to urban centres, where they work as domestic servants and are taken advantage of. Families have a deep desire to improve their children's quality of life, but few have the knowledge and skills they need to make significant and lasting changes.

Water and Sanitation
Most families in Bogawanthala are forced to drink unsafe water. Poor hygiene and sanitation practices result in health issues and environmental harm.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Bogawanthalawa,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.