Sri Lanka

Eastern Region

  • In this dry region, children and adults often have to walk long distances to the nearest water source. In this dry region, children and adults often have to walk long distances to the nearest water source.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Compassion centers are clean, safe, welcoming places, where children are equipped to escape poverty. Compassion centers are clean, safe, welcoming places, where children are equipped to escape poverty.
  • A center worker takes attendance before starting the program lesson. A center worker takes attendance before starting the program lesson.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a holistic program, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a holistic program, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • Poor families commonly live in fragile shelters, made of whatever materials can be found, with few possessions. Poor families commonly live in fragile shelters, made of whatever materials can be found, with few possessions.
  • The cow is considered a sacred animal in Hinduism, the religion followed by about 13 percent of Sri Lankans. The cow is considered a sacred animal in Hinduism, the religion followed by about 13 percent of Sri Lankans.
 
SRI LANKA OVERVIEW

Population

21,866,445

Religion

Buddhism

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Sri Lanka's Eastern Region Sri Lanka Overview
  • Poor parents typically work at menial, temporary jobs, such as brick-making.
  • Since these jobs pay so little, some parents move to cities like Colombo to work as housemaids or gardeners.
  • These jobs do not provide enough to meet their children’s basic needs for food, education and medical assistance.
  • The daily job of collecting water for their families’ needs falls to women and children.
  • In this dry region, they often have to walk long distances to the nearest water source.
COMMUNITY
Sri Lanka Community
Issues and Concerns

Eastern Sri Lanka was the center of a bitter, decades-long civil war.

  • Though the conflict ended in 2009, people here continue to suffer, and children deal with deep emotional scars.
  • Many children lost their fathers and brothers to war, and some are still afraid when they hear loud noises.
  • Many children in the region were never issued birth certificates since they were born during the war.
  • As a result, they are not allowed to attend school. These children spend their days with their parents at work or at home alone.
  • The rate of abuse against such unsupervised children is rising throughout the region.
Local Needs and Challenges

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist nation, and Buddhism is considered to be the state religion.

  • The evangelical community makes up less than 1 percent of the population.
  • Christians are sometimes accused of unethical conversion tactics in Sri Lanka.
  • Sharing the Christian faith in a direct manner is very difficult.
  • It is difficult to find qualified staff for Compassion programs.
  • Our partners' worship centers often lack infrastructure and facilities.