Sri Lanka

Southern Region

  • Children of poor families often drop out of school to work. This little girl is selling bags of salt on the side of a busy road. Children of poor families often drop out of school to work. This little girl is selling bags of salt on the side of a busy road.
  • Wearing traditional dress, these boys are waiting to perform a cultural dance. Center workers encourage children to be proud of their rich heritage. Wearing traditional dress, these boys are waiting to perform a cultural dance. Center workers encourage children to be proud of their rich heritage.
  • 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.
  • Bustling southern Sri Lanka is the focus of many recent government development programs. Bustling southern Sri Lanka is the focus of many recent government development programs.
  • At their Compassion center, these boys have the freedom to laugh and play. At their Compassion center, these boys have the freedom to laugh and play.
  • In a program at their Compassion center, these boys present a song depicting the livelihood of fishing. In a program at their Compassion center, these boys present a song depicting the livelihood of fishing.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
 
SRI LANKA OVERVIEW

Population

21,866,445

Religion

Buddhism

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Sri Lanka's Southern Region Sri Lanka Overview
  • Despite its natural beauty, this region presents many obstacles for children in need striving to grow up healthy and happy.
  • Parents can’t afford the fees and supplies required for their children to attend school.
  • Often, children leave their education to enter the work force and help improve their family’s economic situation.
COMMUNITY
Sri Lanka Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Increasing tourism is bringing an increase in the child sex trade.
  • Tragically, many young boys, known as “beach boys,” are lured into this evil trade.
  • Another issue in the southern region is early marriage. Girls as young as 13 or 14 are forced into arranged marriages by their parents.
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 local partners' worship centers often lack infrastructure and facilities.