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Why World Vision is in Sri Lanka
After years of despotic rule, Sri Lanka elected President Maithripala Sirisena in January. The installation of a new government signaled another sign of hope after the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. Later in 2015, Sri Lanka’s new leaders brought a resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council proposing a war crimes tribunal to try wrongdoers from both sides of their civil war. The UN adopted the resolution. There is much to mend in Sri Lanka, where children are forced into trafficking and child labor and the economy suffers from years of global isolation. Education, family unity, and economic development are three solutions to which World Vision has committed itself in Sri Lanka. In partnership with local committees, we taught parents the importance of keeping their children in school. To advocate for strong families, we trained pastors to teach parenting classes that empowered men to respect their wives and care for their children. As a result of our efforts to grow the economy, men and women were equipped to start small businesses that supported their children’s needs.
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.
Progress in Sri Lanka
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- We hosted a program called Celebrating Families that helped families improve their communication and understanding, and one called MenCare that encouraged fathers to abstain from alcohol and participate in raising their children.
- To help parents provide for the nutrition, health, and educational needs of their children, we equipped families with resources and skills to increase household income through home gardens, increased crop harvests, raising of dairy cows, and starting or strengthening small businesses.
- We worked with fathers to prevent violence against women and children and to encourage their involvement as partners and caregivers. Domestic violence decreased, school enrollment increased, alcohol consumption decreased, and shared care-giving increased.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In order to reduce malnutrition, we provided nutrition education for local mothers. They now know how to feed their children using locally-available ingredients and are teaching others in their communities.
- To prevent waterborne illnesses, we worked with local partners and the government to increase access to clean water and teach hygiene and sanitation sessions.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Through our partnership with the Ministry of Education, we trained teachers in child development; taught improved methods for teaching literacy, science, and math; and empowered parents to be involved in the quality of their children's education.
- To sustain school improvements, we equipped school development committees (like Parent Teacher Associations) to monitor schools, improve literacy, and raise awareness of the importance of education for preschoolers and children with disabilities.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Sri Lanka
World Vision's staff in Sri Lanka are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Child rights committees we have trained to strengthen child protection policies, keeping children safe from harm.
Solutions to the widespread abuse of alcohol that is wasting valuable lives and resources.
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