The 2004 tsunami devastated the country’s infrastructure and its long civil war, which lasted until 2009, killed over 60,000 Sri Lankans.
Room to Read expanded into Sri Lanka following the tsunami and immediately rebuilt schools in tsunami-affected areas and created long-term infrastructure improvements.
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Roughly 65,000 children in the north and east of the island are out of school.
In 2009, when the brutal civil war came to an end, we quickly took action and implemented our programs in the districts which had been devastated by the conflict.
Elephants are at the centre of a dilemma in Sri Lanka between centuries-old tradition and a growing awareness of animal rights.
More than 30 illegally kept elephants have been confiscated by wildlife officers in the past two years.
This was the first time that an international nonprofit had been invited to sit on a Ministry of Education steering committee related to policy formation, and we were honored to be able to use our program expertise to benefit students across the country.
Room to Read is supporting Literacy and Girls’ Education in one of the most impoverished areas of Sri Lanka: the Uva Province’s Badulla District.