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
Political corruption is prevalent in Sri Lanka’s government. While the media and judicial system are bringing public attention to issues in hopes of change, the corruption intensifies negative circumstances for the most vulnerable people. At the beginning of 2017 Sri Lanka experienced one of their worst droughts in recent decades, but just a few months later other regions were hit hard by flash floods during the monsoon season. These disasters affected and displaced thousands of families, whom we helped with emergency responses like water, food, and Child-Friendly Spaces—havens of childhood where kids’ physical and emotional needs can be met during trauma. Many children in the rural hills live in areas of high risk for preventable diseases and malnutrition, specifically undernourishment or starvation. Your support is helping us alleviate these sufferings as well as improve the quality of education for kids. Although primary education is free in Sri Lanka, schools often aren’t held to age-appropriate standards, so we’re working to develop better practices for schools. To promote child protection, our global campaign to end child violence is focused on ending child sexual abuse in Sri Lanka, and the national government is supporting our efforts. Together, these efforts are giving kids tools for transforming poverty.
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.
- Through a collaboration with schools in Sri Lanka, career guidance and vocational training were provided in areas such as nursing and phone repair, which give these youth practical and marketable skills for setting up a business or starting a career.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through a collaboration with partners in Sri Lanka, families were trained on nutrition, including preparation of nutritious meals and healthy child feeding practices to promote growth. To provide a good source of protein for children and generate income to supplement their diets, some parents received training on poultry farming and were given chicks.
- Through a collaboration with communities in Sri Lanka, community-wide awareness campaign and training's on safe sanitation and hygiene practices, and waste disposal were conducted. Through the construction of latrines and rehabilitation of water access points, communities gained increased access to safe water and sanitation.
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.
- Early childhood growth and development in Sri Lanka was supported by training preschool teachers on child development and how to cultivate intellectual and social skills in young children. Preschools were also equipped with materials and play equipment.
- Parents in Sri Lanka learned about the importance of education in order to increase school enrollment and reduce absences and drop outs. Children in remote areas also received bicycles to encourage attendance by reducing their transport time to school.
Prayer Requests from Sri Lanka
World Vision's staff in Sri Lanka are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Our operations are aligned with God's will.
Our emergency response efforts to continue reaching people affected by disasters.
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