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