The ministry in Sri Lanka began with a passion to minister to orphans, widows and others in Sri Lanka. As in many countries around the world, Christians are persecuted and often blocked from carrying out ministry. So, the ministry is known as “Bridge of Hope Lanka” in Sri Lanka. The team in Sri Lanka lives out the Gospel while meeting educational and physical needs of those they serve. Like the other CWO ministries, leaders in Sri Lanka are nationals and understand both the needs and culture of those they serve.
Sri Lanka is a developing country that went through an ethnic conflict for 30+ years when the conflict finally came to an end in 2009. Since then, there are many people under the poverty level with no hope for a better life. The caste system prevalent in Sri Lanka has two major ethnic groups: Tamil & Sinhala. The majority of Tamils are Hindus, living in the north and east, and the majority of the Sinhalese are Buddhists, living in south and west. Agriculture is the main source of income for 70% of the people, and 20% of the people are employed at garment/clothing factories. The other 10% find work wherever and however they can.
We reach out to underprivileged children and help them with their educational needs, helping them to access education and to succeed. We also work to find teachers who are willing to educate and support these students with tutoring help.
Some of the younger generations in Sri Lanka do not have hope and or a purpose in life. Unemployment among youth is sky rocketing. In rural villages, especially, the younger generation is struggling to see a future. The goal of the Sri Lanka ministry team is to reach out to them to council and help them and provide vocational training in their field of interest. We want to encourage them to be independent and to contribute to the development of the area they are coming from and to the country.
We are currently supporting 25 kids with their educational needs, including:
- A completed tutoring center to accommodate these children and provide tables and chairs for them to sit and learn.
- Giving each child a Christmas gift of school bags, notebooks, socks and shoes.
- A paid teacher to assist these kids with their schoolwork.
- Providing room and board for a high school student to attend classes at a town far from her village. Now she has more time to study for her final exam in 2021.
We also seek to help the elderly people who live alone and don’t have a steady income, struggling to survive. By identifying and meeting their needs, we have set up a building fund to help with repairs on their homes or even help rebuild their homes when necessary. There are many widows in Sri Lanka due to past conflict, and many are struggling to provide for their children with their limited income. They need help to build their confidence and a hope to take care of their family needs. Our goal is to assist them in bringing a steady income, meet their basic needs and show them a brighter future!
We look forward to sharing more with you about the amazing work taking place in Sri Lanka and how God is encouraging us to do even more!
For more information about our ministry in Sri Lanka, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-723-0333.