Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka flag

Helo / Hello from Sri Lanka

Language: Sinhala

Lush forests, mountains and tea plantations cover Sri Lanka’s landscape. The island country known as “the pearl of the Indian Ocean” has many residents who struggle with poverty and malnutrition. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Sri Lanka Stats

POPULATION: 21,016,376
70.2% Buddhist
12.6% Hindu
9.7% Muslim
6.1% Roman Catholic

14,355
CHILDREN SERVED

75
CHURCHES SERVING

9
YEARS SERVING SRI LANKA

A girl standing outside wearing a blue and white dress

A girl stands outside her child development center.

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A teacher standing in front of students in classroom

Children listen to their teacher in the classroom.

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A girl standing in a field near a cow

A girl stands next to a cow she received as a gift.

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A boy standing outside his home

A boy stands outside his child development center.

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A family sits on ground while selling their produce

A mother sits with her children next to the crops she sells to generate income.

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A girl stands outside the trainstation

A girl stands near the railway tracks she has to cross to get to school and her center.

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COMPASSION IN SRI LANKA

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children in Sri Lanka are busy with school during the week, so most Compassion activities occur on weekends and holidays.
  • Children in Sri Lanka go to the center 6 to 8 hours every week.

SERVING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN SRI LANKA

Issue: Though only 7% of Sri Lankans live below the poverty line, people in remote areas often face many more challenges than those in urban communities. These areas often lack access to good nutrition and improved water and sanitation despite high rates of coverage nationwide.

Response: Compassion centers are located in communities with the greatest need — even those in remote and hard-to-reach areas. Where basic services are often lacking, Compassion intervenes with educational opportunities, nutritional support and lessons about good hygiene and sanitation practices.

Prayer Point: Pray for those trapped in poverty — especially those in rural areas who lack access to services and facilities enjoyed by people in other parts of the country.

A father and his daughter collecting water in a bucket

Compassion provides educational opportunities and nutritional support at the child development centers in Sri Lanka.

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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Sri Lanka.

Did You Know?

Sri Lanka is known for its tea. It is currently one of the world’s top tea-producing nations.

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Life in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Fast Facts

Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Form of Government: Presidential republic

Capital: Colombo

Population: 21,016,376

Languages: Sinhala (official), Tamil (official), English

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee

Area: 25,332 square miles (65,610 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Sri Lanka since 2010. These Sri Lanka facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Sri Lanka but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Sri Lanka facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in Sri Lanka today!