Sri Lanka has long been a divided and troubled country, with tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists first erupting into war in 1983. Many thousands of people have lost their lives in the interminable ethnic conflict that has ensued.
Tensions have been running particularly high of late causing many aid agencies to speak out about the lack of access they are being given.
Ann Veneman, the executive director of UNICEF, has said that hundreds of children have been killed and thousands more injured during heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka this year. Children in particular, she says, are at risk of malnutrition and disease.
The people of Sri Lanka are in great need of the life-changing hope that child sponsorship can bring to their families and communities. Plan UK have developed their child sponsorship scheme to enable people in more affluent countries to contribute to the sustainable development of towns and villages in Sri Lanka.
In the 70 years since its inception, Plan UK has reached many millions people in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and it has developed a wealth of expertise in fighting poverty. The charity partners with local organisations and recognises the need to work with communities on their own terms, and not impose solutions. By getting to know the culture intimately Plan UK workers have the best possible opportunity to affect a lasting end to poverty.
Sponsoring a child in Sri Lanka today will cost you only £12 a month. Your money will go towards development efforts in the town in which the child you sponsor lives. This will ensure the most efficient and effective use of your money.
As a child sponsor you will be able arrange a visit to the community where the child you sponsor lives. You can also look forward to receiving special letters and drawings, including photographs. You can see where and how your money is being spent and keep in touch with the ongoing work of Plan UK in that area.