The needs in Pathana

Literacy levels in the Pathana community are below the national average. Families are not informed about the value of education, and many children drop out of school or attend irregularly. Most girls leave school by the time they are 16, either to work on the tea estates or to marry. Schools are poorly equipped and lack qualified teachers. Growing up on the tea estates, children have limited access to preschools and early education opportunities.

As a result of low income and lack of land on which to grow vegetables or raise livestock, families do not have proper access to food throughout the year. Children either do not get enough food, or what they do eat is missing nutritional variety. Families are not educated about nutrition and feeding, which has led to a rise in malnourishment, especially among children.

Community Leadership
Community members of all ages, but especially women and children, are unable to advocate for their needs and there is no government support available to them.

Water and Sanitation
Access to water and sanitation facilities in Pathana is low, and good hygiene and sanitation behaviours are not taught or practiced.

Economic Development
Families in Pathana have been working on tea estates for generations and do not own farmland that would enable them to bolster and diversify their income generation.
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Pathana's Community News

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 Pathana community is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Most families here earn less than $40 a month working as wage labourers on tea estates, where they live in crowded barracks on the estates. Parents feel trapped in poverty, with no land to cultivate and no alternative sources of income.

Lack of privacy and rampant alcoholism mean that children, especially girls, are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Child labour is common, with children joining the estate workforce to help their families survive.
A few highlights of the Impact achieved from our recent program evaluation
  • 88% of youth have a birth certificates, compared to 84% before, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling.
  • 88% of children received all age-appropriate vaccines to help protect them from diseases, compared to 81% before.
  • The percentage of children under five that are underweight, as a result from malnoutrishment, has decreased from 32% to 30%.
  • 57% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 46% before.
  • 97% of children are attending preschools, compared to 90% before, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 92% of youth have benefitted from training equipping them to lead a more productive life, compared to only 88% before.
  • 72% of children are now eating a more balanced diet compared to 61% before, thanks to nutrition training for parents.
  • 66% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies, compared to 49% before, to give them a healthy start to life.
  • 82.0% of caregivers that understood and did  appropriate handwashing in 2016 increasing from 77.0% in 2012, decreasing risks of contamination and helping keep the family healthy
  • 73.0% of families were using improved sanitation facilities in 2016 increasing from 62.0% in 2012, decreasing the risk of diseases
  • 27.0% of families were using improved drinking water sources in 2016 increasing from 7.0% in 2012, decreasing the risk of waterbourne diseases
  • 62.0% of children under 5 years old with presumed pneumonia were taken to appropriate health provider in 2016 increasing from 15.0% in 2012, increasing their chances of recovery
  • 57.0% of children could read and understand the material by grade 6 in 2016 increasing from 46.0% in 2011.
  • 88.0% of children 12-59 months old were vaccinated to protect themselves against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles in 2016 increasing from 81.0% in 2012.
  • 180 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 224 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 70 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being               
  • 14 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 21 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 40 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 1,390 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 27 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 101 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 46 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 61 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 4 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 300 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 28 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 283 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 29 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 363 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 5 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 2,165 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 433 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 3,370 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 25 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families

Explore Pathana

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

Pathana,  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.