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Sponsor a Child in Sri Lanka

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12200
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SOS Children’s Villages is in need of child sponsors for its Villages in Sri Lanka.  SOS provides long-term family based care for children in need and the funds raised through child sponsorships helps provide each child in our care with all the necessities of a loving, safe and healthy childhood.

 

Canadian's wishing to help orphaned and abandoned children in Sri Lanka are encouraged to sponsor a child.

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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For about $1/day you can sponsor a child in Sri Lanka and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with:

 

  • A safe and nurturing home
  • A loving SOS mother
  • Quality education
  • Healthcare
  • Nutritious food
  • Clothing and toys
  • All the things necessary for a bright future

 

Area
65,610 km2
Capital City
Colombo
Climate
Tropical Monsoon
Ethnicities
Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamil
Population
21.27 mil
Religions
Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian

How Your Child Sponsorship Helps

Our Number

Sri Lanka
CHILD MARRIAGE
CHILD MARRIAGE
11.80%
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
22 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
310,000
BELOW POVERTY LINE
BELOW POVERTY LINE
23.85%
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$3,170
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CHILD MARRIAGE
CHILD MARRIAGE
#N/A
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
5.2 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
45,000
BELOW POVERTY LINE
BELOW POVERTY LINE
9.40%
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$52,200

Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in Sri Lanka provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
6 VILLAGES 662 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Sri Lanka provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
6 YOUTH FACILITIES 264 Youths in our Care
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The SOS Kindergarten in Sri Lanka are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
8 KINDERGARTENS 684 Kindergarten students
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SOS Vocational Training Centres in Sri Lanka provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
4 VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES 664 Youth and adult students
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SOS Social Centres in Sri Lanka aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
8 SOCIAL CENTRES 4400 Beneficiaries
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SOS Medical Centres in Sri Lanka provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1 MEDICAL CENTRES 4552 Patients

Our Impact

SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Sri Lanka provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
6
VILLAGES
662
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Sri Lanka provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
6
YOUTH FACILITIES
264
Youths in our Care
SOS Early Childhood Education Kindergarten Icon
KINDERGARTENS
The SOS Kindergarten in Sri Lanka are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
8
KINDERGARTENS
684
Kindergarten students
SOS Vocational Training Icon
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
SOS Vocational Training Centres in Sri Lanka provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
4
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
664
Youth and adult students
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Sri Lanka aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
8
SOCIAL CENTRES
4400
Beneficiaries
Medical Centre
MEDICAL CENTRES
SOS Medical Centres in Sri Lanka provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1
MEDICAL CENTRES
4552
Patients

After many years of civil war, the tropical island of Sri Lanka is now trying to get back on track. Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans were internally displaced as a result of the war. SOS Children's Villages has been helping children and young people all over the country to create their own future in a peaceful and positive environment.

SOS Children's Villages in Sri Lanka:

 

SOS Children's Villages has been working in Sri Lanka since the 1980s and is currently running 6 SOS Children's Villages which have a capacity to provide 760 children with a home.

 

We support the population in many different ways: we give loving homes to children who have lost parental care; we strengthen families so that they can stay together; and we provide day care, education and health care.

 

We have also initiated emergency relief programs as a response to natural disasters and conflicts.

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A country recovering from decades of conflict:

 

The Republic of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean. In the 14th century, a Tamil kingdom was established in Northern Sri Lanka. During the colonial period, Tamil labourers arrived in Sri Lanka to work on tea and coffee farms in the highlands, making the island a major tea producing nation. Sri Lanka was called "Ceylon" by the British and independence was achieved under the name "Dominion of Ceylon" in 1948. Ethnic tensions between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority eventually led to a long-lasting civil war, which erupted in the 1980s.

 

In 2002, after two decades of fighting, a cease fire was agreed upon and peace negotiations started. In 2009, violence between the Tamil Tigers and government forces finally came to an end. The war deeply affected the Sri Lankan population, particularly young children and adolescents. Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans are internally displaced as a result of the conflict. The 2004 tsunami left 40,000 dead and many more homeless. In 2011, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans were displaced as a result of massive flooding in the country's east.

Families continue to struggle:

 

Poverty figures in Sri Lanka have declined significantly over recent years: while in 2006 roughly 15 per cent of Sri Lankans were facing a life in poverty, the figure fell to 8.9 per cent in 2010. Thus within only four years, the number of poor people in the country had nearly halved. Improved living conditions in rural areas of Sri Lanka have particularly contributed to the unprecedented poverty reduction. As poverty levels decline, so does inequality in Sri Lanka: the Gini Index, an indicator of inequality levels in a country, shows that income is now distributed more equally than a few years ago. Nonetheless, many Sri Lankans still live in harsh socioeconomic conditions where they lack access to basic services. Nearly one in five Sri Lankans is undernourished. Fighting poverty and all its side effects, including child mortality, malnutrition and a lack of basic amenities, remains one of the top priorities of the government of Sri Lanka. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Sri Lanka is fairly low.

Children in need of protection and care:

 

Sri Lanka is a signee of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Nonetheless, the child rights situation in the country leaves a lot to be desired. An estimated 900,000 children aged five to 17 engage in child labour activities. Almost ten per cent of these children work in dangerous and unfavourable conditions such as in mines, with chemicals, pesticides or dangerous machinery. Child labour is a common phenomenon among poor families: children are sent to work to support their parents. Many of these children are not able to attend classes and never receive basic education. Boys in rural areas are particularly affected. The government has increased efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

 

An estimated 340,000 children in Sri Lanka grow up without either one or both of their parents. Very often, poverty is cited as the main reason why children end up without parental care. Infants are often abandoned because poor mothers are not able to care for their child. The civil war that affected Sri Lanka for so many years did not spare the youngest segment of population: many young boys were recruited for combat in certain areas of the country. Another problem in Sri Lanka is the number of child headed households: many mothers who have to migrate to other areas of the country for work have young children who end up heading the household at an early age. Due to the absence of their mother, these children are vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. Very often, they are not able to attend school.

 

The prevalence of underweight children under five years of age has declined noticeably and is now at 21 per cent. School enrolment figures have improved, showing that the number of children starting grade one is on the increase. Over recent years, child health has noticeably increased in Sri Lanka. However, the country's infant mortality rate is still up at 9.70 per 1,000 live births - more than twice as high as for Germany.

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