Sri Lanka has a unique country profile. The World Bank calls it a success story, but it continues to work to achieve stability in certain areas:

  • Because of its coastal location, natural disasters like floods remain a high risk
  • Nearly 92% of the population is literate (World Bank)
  • Concerns continue about sourcing sex trafficking in the nation (CIA World Factbook)
  • Migrants from the nation to other areas may face debt labor or forced bondage

In 2004, the Islamic Relief family began work in Sri Lanka. This was in response to the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred that year. One of the most affected districts was Ampara, where we helped communities improve resilience within two years.

We responded again in Ramadan 2017, when severe floods displaced nearly half a million people in Sri Lanka. One survivor, CM Chandrapla, age 54, told Reuters news agency, “My entire village is cut off and nobody can come to this village. There are no supplies for the past two days. Water has gone above three-story buildings and people survive by running on to higher ground.”

Islamic Relief USA has supported the following additional projects in Sri Lanka:

  • orphan sponsorship and support
  • emergency aid
  • survival packs for 2017 flood survivors

Sectors served throughout Asia: 2017 - 2019

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