Sri Lanka

Western Region

  • Homes of poor families are often fragile shelters made of whatever local materials are available. Homes of poor families are often fragile shelters made of whatever local materials are available.
  • At their Compassion center, children are engaged in fun activities that teach important lessons. At their Compassion center, children are engaged in fun activities that teach important lessons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The children Compassion serves here rarely have regular meals at home, so they enjoy nutritious meals on center activity days. The children Compassion serves here rarely have regular meals at home, so they enjoy nutritious meals on center activity days.
  • Adults in western Sri Lanka work at whatever jobs they can find. Adults in western Sri Lanka work at whatever jobs they can find.
  • Cattle are a common sight in this rural area. Children like this little boy sometimes have to help care for livestock. Cattle are a common sight in this rural area. Children like this little boy sometimes have to help care for livestock.
 
SRI LANKA OVERVIEW

Population

21,866,445

Religion

Buddhism

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Sri Lanka's Western Region Sri Lanka Overview
  • Up to 70 percent of families in this region live in poverty.
  • Most poor families rely on meager income from menial jobs, such as brick-making.
  • In general, the income from such work is only about U.S.$15-$25 per month, not nearly enough to provide for children’s basic needs.
COMMUNITY
Sri Lanka Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Many families are in debt, and the cost of living in this area is higher than in the rest of the country.
  • It is common here for parents to move abroad for work, leaving their children with relatives or to fend for themselves.
  • Without parental protection, children are often neglected, and they are in danger of exploitation.
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.