Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka only recently emerged from a 30 year civil war. Many Sri Lankan communities face inequalities and are vulnerable to natural disasters. Caritas Australia has provided disaster relief to Sri Lankan communities. Our long-term programs focus on peacebuilding, education and disaster preparedness.

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Key facts:
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  • Extreme poverty

    Poverty headcount ratio at $1.90 a day:

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Why do we work in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka was gripped by civil war from 1983 to 2009. 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 4 percent of people in Sri Lanka live on less than $1.25 a day, the distribution of income is very 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 only 3 percent (World Bank).

Our work in Sri Lanka

Caritas Australia currently supports four programs with three local partners in Sri Lanka. Our work focuses on building peace, promoting education, disaster risk reduction and supporting displaced people.

Our Sri Lanka Crisis Appeal has provided much-needed emergency assistance. Thanks to our generous 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. Donate now.

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