Status of Sri Lanka Emergency

Thank you for reaching out and inquiring about the well-being of your sponsored child in Sri Lanka. World Vision is closely monitoring the political and economic unrest in the country and is in close communication with national staff on a regular basis. Since the situation is actively evolving, it is not possible to post updates on our website as they may quickly become outdated. However, we may reassess if the situation escalates. As an organization with over 70 years of experience working some of the world's most complex and dangerous places, World Vision has the expertise to continue to serve the most vulnerable children in Sri Lanka and remain committed to see our work continue.

Currently the situation in Sri Lanka has not disrupted our local community development programs. Rest assured that your sponsored child well-being and indeed all children in Sri Lanka are of our upmost concern. All area programs are functioning currently. We normally do not close any programs unless there is a country lockdown. Our local staff are still reporting to work amid many challenges and difficulties (main challenges they face are due to fuel shortage). We continue all our planned activities together with some of the immediate relief activities with some repurposed funding.

A national response plan is in place that's focused on vulnerable households, school children, lactating mothers and pregnant women has been planned. This includes:

  • Food assistance, targeted nutrition services, safe drinking water and emergency livelihoods support for the most vulnerable are provided to save their lives
  • Livelihood assistance provided to support the resumption of basic productive activities for the maintenance of livelihoods, food and nutrition security
  • Protection of children strengthened during the economic crisis

World Vision is working with partners such as the United Nations and the World Food Programme, to address critical needs including food assistance, water and sanitation, child protection and peacebuilding. For children and youth separated from their families, homestays and classrooms have been established, while the distribution of necessities and trauma support are currently being addressed.

As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, sponsor visits to Seno and Toroly have been put on hold until further notice. Staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts will be delayed.

Staff are continuing to engage government authorities and partners to determine next steps and ensure that children and their families experience a swift and complete resolution to this crisis.

For more information on the situation in Mali, please call us at 1-800-268-4888.

Sri Lanka

World Vision has been serving the people of Sri Lanka for more than 40 years with development and relief programs across the island. We are active in over 2,500 villages, impacting the lives of more than 270,000 children in Sri Lanka.

Partnering since


people reached




Level of Fragility

Low Developing

Gender Equality Rank


children who can read with comprehension increased from

18% to 65%

Eravur Pattu

2014 - 2021

2,661youth participated in life skills training through World Vision programs.


6,981children and youth participated in groups and clubs, gathering with peers to develop new skills and positive values.


2,970people were actively involved in savings groups, providing them with financial literacy training and access to small loans.

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World Vision has been serving the people of Sri Lanka for more than 40 years with development and relief programs across the Island. We are active in over 2,500 villages, impacting the lives of more than 270,000 children in Sri Lanka.
World Vision Sri Lanka

World Vision and has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and has responded to almost every disaster the country has faced. World Vision currently serves in 30 locations in 15 districts across the country.

All our work points towards one goal: the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. We work with families, communities, and partners to help meet the needs of children through sustainable development. Our approach is participatory and community-driven, empowering communities to take ownership of their development journey.

Our focus is on children because they are the best indicator of a community's social health. When children are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued, and loved, a community thrives.

We work through four key focal sectors: education, economic development, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. Crosscutting themes of gender equality, environment, resilience and disaster risk reduction, peace building, child protection and disability inclusion are intentionally interwoven into all our programs to enhance their effectiveness and add value to our work in these focal sectors.

We work with communities not just to improve life now, but to increase their resilience in an unpredictable future with possible scenarios ranging from relief emergencies to social, political and climate change. We also make sure that the gains made while we are in the community will be sustainable when we leave.

We bring life-saving support in times of disaster, responding to communities affected by disasters both within and outside our program areas. Advocacy is also an essential element of our work, along with long-term community development and emergency response. Our advocacy work ensures that community transformation is sustainable and scalable. As we work alongside communities to build a better world for children, we empower them to identify and address challenges in the policies, systems, structures, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to experience life in all its fullness.

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Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2022 and September 2023, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.