Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Sri Lankan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
The Child Sponsorship Program was then started in January 2012. Currently, more than 7,500 registered children participate in more than 60 child development centers.
Population: 21,8 millions
Life expectancy: Male 72 years, Female 79 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,2%
People with HIV/AIDS: 3.000
Drinking water sources: 91%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 85%
Literacy rate: Male 92%, Female 90%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 10%
Compassion's work in Sri Lanka began in 2010 with the Child Survival Program. The Child Sponsorship Program was started in 2012.
Children are busy with school during the week so if the children come to the center during lunchtime, they receive lunch, which consists of rice, meat or fish, vegetables and fruit. The children also get biscuits and milk and, on some days, fresh juice.
Typical extracurricular activities might include camps, sporting events, field trips and talent shows. Parent meetings are held so that parents can get to know what kind of activities are conducted at the center and to also build relationships among the parents and the teachers.