Where is Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka

Central Region

  • Houses on this tea plantation are crowded together in a small area, and amenities like running water and electricity are non-existent. Houses on this tea plantation are crowded together in a small area, and amenities like running water and electricity are non-existent.
  • Children enjoy regular, healthful meals at their Compassion centers, and also regular health checkups and medical assistance as needed. Children enjoy regular, healthful meals at their Compassion centers, and also regular health checkups and medical assistance as needed.
  • 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.
  • Provided by tea plantation owners, Compassion children’s homes in the central hills are small, simple structures. Provided by tea plantation owners, Compassion children’s homes in the central hills are small, simple structures.
  • Because of Compassion and their caring sponsors, these boys have a reason to smile. Because of Compassion and their caring sponsors, these boys have a reason to smile.
  • In the middle of a tea plantation in Sri Lanka’s central hills, this road leads to the homes of several Compassion children. In the middle of a tea plantation in Sri Lanka’s central hills, this road leads to the homes of several Compassion children.
 
SRI LANKA OVERVIEW

Population

21,866,445

Religion

Buddhism

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Sri Lanka's Central Region Sri Lanka Overview

The primary occupation of parents in central Sri Lanka is picking tea leaves on the large tea plantations throughout the region.

  • Families earn only about U.S.$15-$25 dollars a month picking tea leaves.
  • Parents don’t have enough to adequately provide for their children’s basic needs for food, education and medical assistance.
  • Many parents in this region are addicted to alcohol and spend most of what they make to buy liquor.
  • Child abuse and child marriage rates in the plantations are high, as is the rate of teen pregnancy.
COMMUNITY
Sri Lanka Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Tea pickers and their families live on a plantation in homes provided by the owners.
  • Each new generation assumes the same occupation, and the home is passed down.
  • If one generation decides to leave the plantation, the home is lost.
  • Many Compassion-assisted families have worked in this menial, low-paying job for generations, and the children are expected to follow.
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.