CARE Sri Lanka was established in 1950 with a focus on food security and maternal and child health.
Today, CARE works to address the root causes of poverty by building the skills of communities and promoting good governance within both government and community organisations.
CARE Sri Lanka focuses on peacebuilding, governance, sustainable livelihoods, gender equity and emergency preparedness.
The tea, rubber and coconut plantation sector is the largest employer in Sri Lanka, 800,000 people live on plantation estates.
CARE works with plantation workers, management and local government to improve living conditions and foster empowerment and self-reliance of estate workers.
CARE provides technical assistance and improves access to information and services such as education and health care.
We promote joint decision-making by residents and management.
Sri Lanka's "dry zone" covers nearly two-thirds of of the country - with low annual rainfall and a pronounced dry season.
CARE works with rural households to improve agricultural activities, from planning through to post-harvest marketing of crops.
CARE also promotes the sustainable use and management of natural resources, particularly water.
CARE has extensive experience of long-term development and relief programs in the conflict-affected areas of north and east Sri Lanka.
In areas where communities have resettled CARE assists families to rebuild, and strengthens the capacity of government and organisations to meet community needs.
CARE provides support for food production, rebuilding infrastructure, savings and credit, and income generation.
CARE also works to address violence against women through training, campaigns and awareness building about gender violence and the formation of women’s action groups.
CARE provides immediate emergency assistance in the aftermath of a disaster, and works with communities in the long term to help them recover and rebuild infrastructure, livelihoods and shelter.
CARE targets the most vulnerable groups, especially women-headed households, and works with communities to prepare for and mitigate the risk of future disasters.