Sri Lanka

Country Info

CARE Sri Lanka was established in 1950 with a focus on food security and maternal and child health. Today, we work to address the root causes of poverty and marginalization of vulnerable groups by building the skills of communities and promoting good governance within both government and community organizations.

CARE Sri Lanka focuses on three main target groups in specific geographic areas:

  • poor rural communities in the dry zone
  • conflict-affected populations in the north and east
  • plantation residents

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, CARE expanded its work to support tsunami survivors in seven of the worst-affected districts.

Flooding and Landslides

Floods and landslides in December 2014 have affected more than 1.1 million people in Sri Lanka. More than 6,504 houses have been reported as fully destroyed and 17,988 houses partially damaged. Vital infrastructure systems like roads, culverts, bridges, and irrigation channels have been damaged, cutting off access to many main routes. Nearly half of all paddy cultivation may have been damaged, leaving people without assets or income.

CARE has begun distributing dry food rations and relief supplies to people in need. In addition, CARE is providing shelter, construction materials and skilled labor charges for temporary and permanent shelters as well as infrastructure construction. In total, CARE and partners will reach 42,400 people.

Our Work in Sri Lanka

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Sri Lanka

Challenges and Success of EMERGE in Sri Lanka

CARE's Research: Why Masculinities Matter

The study, “Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter – a study on attitudes, practices and gender-based violence in four districts in Sri Lanka” was conducted by CARE International Sri Lanka, under the EMERGE project (Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality) and launched in April 2013.