Sri Lanka: Education for tea pickers’ children
Education for children of tea pickers is poor because working as a teacher on a tea plantation is not an attractive job. With our project we improve the children's educational situation.Learn more
We support roughly 7,000 children in nine projects in Sri Lanka, where we have worked since 1975. Our projects are run by local partners and are spread over the entire country.
Civil war and floods have made life extremely difficult for many people in Sri Lanka. A large part of the population has no access to clean drinking water or education. More than one-third of all children are malnourished. Many youth have to work to support their families. With our projects we primarily promote better access to education. Additionally, we support self-help groups for women and aid work in the slums.
At first glance, Sri Lanka appears to be doing relatively well compared to many other countries. The child mortality rate of one percent is low and life expectancy is high. State-run schools and basic healthcare are free.
We support projects throughout Sri Lanka and work with both local NGOs and the Christian church.
Strengthening women and children is a major focus of our work here. In self-help groups they learn about opportunities on how to make their way out of poverty. Sexually abused girls receive special support and learn how to cope with everyday life again. Integration programmes for children with special needs give mental, emotional and physical support. Since many parents work on tea plantations, we have launched a Kindernothilfe project tailored to the needs of the children of tea pickers. Our local partner organizations are in charge of development and social work in the slums and cities.
With our work we seek to provide children with better access to education because this is the only way that they can free themselves from poverty.
Sources: World Factbook, United Nations