As the woman stood up to speak in a beautiful orange and scarlet sari, the light fell through the shifting clouds and foothills of the Sri Lanka tea plantations in such a way that it seemed to make her, literally, glow.
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.
4 Lessons and Successes of CARE Sri Lanka’s Men Engaging Project