Programs & Results
In a bold move only days after the December 26, 2004 tsunami, Room to Read decided to expedite our expansion into Sri Lanka by one year. Founder John Wood appeared on CNN in the days following the tsunami pledging our support for those affected, and kicking off a US$200,000 fundraising campaign to rebuild schools in tsunami impacted and make longer-term infrastructure improvements.
Under the leadership of our local team, rebuilding efforts began in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, with the first school construction project taking place in the fishing village of Karaitivu.
After Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war came to a close in 2009, our team quickly responded by expanding our programs to the Mannar District in the Northern Peninsula—an area devastated by the conflict that is now focused on resettlement. Through a partnership with the Sri Lankan government, we are actively engaged in improving infrastructure in the region.
Since operations began in 2005, our Sri Lanka team has focused its efforts on constructing schools, establishing libraries and publishing children’s books to ensure all children have access to the materials they need to complete their education. We are also engaged in closing the gender gap in Sri Lanka, having launched our Girls’ Education program there in 2006. Our most recent programmatic endeavor was to launch our Reading and Writing Instruction program to improve the quality of literacy learning in schools.
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|Girls' Education participants
Results updated annually
Key partners in Sri Lanka include: The Asia Foundation (TAF), Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR), Janatharana Padanama (JTP), Lanka Sakthi, Plantation Rural Education and Development Organization (PREDO), Reachout, Rotary Club, Saviya Development Foundation (SDF), Social Education Language and Development Association (SELDA), Social Institute for Development of Plantation (SIDP), Social Network Development Organization (SOND), Society for Welfare, Educational and Awareness Training (SWEAT), Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare Foundation (SECWF), Up-Country Social Action Committee (UPSAC)