CARE’s work in Sri Lanka began with a focus on food security and maternal and child health. Today, we work to address the root causes of poverty and the marginalization of vulnerable groups by building communities’ skills and promoting good governance within government and community organizations. We work with poor rural communities, conflict-affected populations and plantation workers. Our programs focus on peacebuilding, sustainable livelihoods, gender equality, emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction. We also work to address gender-based violence through training, awareness-raising and supporting women’s action groups.
Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, CARE expanded its work to support tsunami survivors in seven of the worst-affected districts.
CARE has worked in Sri Lanka since 1950.