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Capital: Colombo

Language: Sinhala, Tamil

Population: 22 million

Plan International has been operating in Sri Lanka since 1980, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, livelihood and protection. We work with more than 24,000 children, along with their families and communities, in 8 districts.

Sri Lanka faces challenges such as recovery from the 2004 tsunami, as well as ongoing political difficulties. We offer assistance through a Child Centred Community Development approach, where we work with children and their communities to identify problems and implement solutions.

A group of students in school uniform against a wall.
Health worker measuring pregnant woman's stomach
Young children eating a hot meal at preschool

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • Many families struggle to buy nutritious food and 17% of children’s growth is stunted by malnutrition.
  • Most teachers in the poorest areas are unskilled or very inexperienced.
  • Floods and landslides devastate families, and droughts ruin crops and threaten food supplies.

How your support is helping Sri Lanka:

  • Working with communities to ensure health workers, midwives and volunteers have access to skilled training so they can promote health and well-being in the villages where they work.
  • Helping children gain access to inclusive learning environments and eliminating any barriers that may stand in the way of children receiving an education, like gender inequality, disability or poverty.
  • Providing water and sanitation facilities at school to ensure a hygienic school environment for all children, and ensuring gender-sensitive facilities are included at all schools.
  • Keeping all children safe and protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence by ensuring proper safeguards are in place to enable children to protect themselves.
  • Building the capacity of child protection across the communities where we work to ensure the protection of children at all levels.

Country Comparison

CountrySri LankaCanada
People living in poverty 8% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 10 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 74 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Sinhala

Hello āyaubaeāvana
How are you? obaṭa kaesaeda
Thank you satautaiyai
Goodbye āyaubaeāvana
Happy Birthday sauba upanadainayaka vaevaā

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