Sri Lanka

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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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.

  • Community members participated in child protection trainings, where they learned how to respond to child abuse or neglect, helping to identify and support girls and boys in need.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Training courses were provided to local partners who help to rehabilitate severely malnourished children, so they can help them make a strong recovery.
  • Local farmers learned better ways to grow, harvest, or process their products. Some farmers also received seeds, livestock and tools to help them improve their production and increase family income so they can provide for their children.

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.

  • Parents and caregivers were trained as literacy facilitators to support the literacy program, teaching them fun ways to help children learn to read at home.

Call and Aspiration

Called to reflect God’s heart for the most vulnerable, we impact child well-being in the U.S. by meeting needs through collaborative partnerships and delivering tangible supplies, educational initiatives and emergency relief to under-resourced communities.

  • Parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline children without physical or emotional punishment, helping to protect girls and boys from abuse.

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.

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  • For safety and wisdom for our local staff and their families, as they fulfill God’s calling.

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News from Sri Lanka

From the Field

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

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.