The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history, was caused by a massive undersea earthquake. Nearly 230,000 people died, and millions more lost everything. World Vision raised more than $350 million and mounted the largest disaster response in its history, providing relief and rehabilitation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and Myanmar over 10 years.
Why World Vision is in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, like most other countries, faced significant challenges in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including strict lockdown measures and multiple waves of the virus. People’s livelihood options shrunk, especially for those who depend on daily wages to make ends meet. While government support reached some of the financially strained households, not everyone who needed it received aid. Women and children faced increased domestic abuse and violence during the lockdowns. Despite the virus and its effects, the Sri Lankan people largely united and helped each other during the lockdowns. Individuals and businesses donated generously to a government pandemic relief fund, and teachers found innovative ways to reach out to students stuck at home. Also, parliamentary elections mid-2020 resulted in changes to the constitution that provided the president with increased power. Thanks to strong partnerships, families, health workers, and schools were reached with necessities during the pandemic. We helped make sure people had accurate health information as well as food and protective supplies. When rural schools reopened and lacked handwashing stations, we helped coordinate sanitation facilities so kids could return safely.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
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Prayer Requests from Sri Lanka
World Vision's staff in Sri Lanka are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
That we keep reaching and empowering the most vulnerable children and families.
For safety and wisdom for our local staff and their families, as they fulfill God’s calling.
News from Sri Lanka
Covering the world in prayer: Pray for South Asia
Children and families struggling to survive and thrive in South Asia need your prayers. This month, please lift up World Vision’s work with communities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
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