Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka only recently emerged from a thirty year civil war. As well as having to re-build after the war, many Sri Lankan communities face challenges of inequality and vulnerability to natural disasters. Caritas Australia has provided disaster relief to Sri Lankan communities, and our long-term programs are helping Sri Lankan communities build peace, promote education and prepare for natural disasters.

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Key facts:
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  • Extreme poverty

    Living on less than $1.25 a day:

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Why do we work in Sri Lanka?

From 1983 to 2009 Sri Lanka was gripped by civil war. The number of people displaced by the conflict peaked at 731,838 in 2001 (UNHCR). In 2012, more than two years after the war was over, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimated that 93,000 people were still displaced.

Although just 4 percent of people in Sri Lanka live on less than $1.25 a day, the distribution of income is highly unequal: in 2010, the richest 10 percent of Sri Lankans earned around a third of the country’s income, while the poorest 10 percent earned just 3 percent (World Bank).

Our work in Sri Lanka

Caritas Australia currently supports four programs with three local partners in Sri Lanka. Our work focusses on building peace, promoting education, disaster risk reduction and supporting people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war.

Our Sri Lanka Crisis Appeal has provided much-needed emergency assistance. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have helped thousands of civilians displaced by civil war. Under one program, we have helped build more than 350 houses for displaced people.

The appeal has also helped communities devastated by widespread flooding in 2011.

Our Sri Lanka humanitarian crisis appeal is still open. You can help provide support to thousands of people displaced by floods and conflict in Sri Lanka. Donate now.

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