Sri Lankan Girl - photo by Karl Grobl

Photo by Karl Grobl for LWR

Sri Lanka

Nearly a decade after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated parts of Sri Lanka, LWR accomplished our goal to help families and communities recover — so we closed the doors to our Sri Lanka offices on December 31, 2012.

The LWR Sri Lanka office opened in the aftermath of the tsunami, and between 2005 and 2012 we invested $5.2 million in 34 relief and development projects that helped more than 360,000 people access immediate food and water, recover their livelihoods and become more resilient to future disasters.

You can read more about our sustainable access in Sri Lanka here.


  • LWR supported almost 56,000 internally displaced persons (families who were forced out their homes by war) with food and water, counseling and education.

  • LWR built secure houses with lockable doors and windows, proper latrines and safe wells.
  • LWR provided entrepreneurship training in technical skills (i.e. tailoring, pottery, seed cultivation, milk processing or fish processing) along with business skills like basic accounting and saving, which are marketable skills that mothers can then pass on to their children.
  • LWR helped households headed by women increase their incomes, so they can afford to cover family health emergencies and send their children to school.
  • LWR encouraged and educated oppressed groups of people like women and Dalits (once called untouchables) to speak up for their rights and empower themselves.

  • LWR established Village Livelihood Groups, to whom we provided training in planning and management skills.
  • LWR helped these groups establish disaster risk reduction programs to protect all that their communities have rebuilt.

KEY STATISTICS

Total Population

20.33 million

TOTAL POPULATION
GNI Per Capita

$2,920

AVG ANNUAL INCOME
At or Below Poverty Line

8.9%

AT OR BELOW POVERTY LINE
Life Expectancy

74 years

LIFE EXPECTANCY
Water

93% (rural)

ACCESS TO IMPROVED WATER SOURCE
Access to Improved Sanitation

100%

ACCESS TO IMPROVED SANITATION
Source: data.worldbank.org (as of June 2014)
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