World Vision Lanka has launched its second phase of the COVID-19 Emergency Response that amounts to USD 2.3 million. The second phase will focus on food security and livelihood, health and hygiene, and child protection and education of the most vulnerable families in 16 districts.
“COVID-19, we fear, will have a huge impact on the poorest, and the most vulnerable, families. This emergency can not only affect their health, but also push these families into poverty and further vulnerability. World Vision’s second phase of the response will focus on supporting them to stay resilient, rebuild and recover,” says Dr. Dhanan Senathirajah, National Director, World Vision Lanka.
“Our main target groups would be women-headed households with low-income levels, people with disability who are economically poor, economically deprived families – those depended on daily wages and who have lost their livelihood, families with children under five who are nutritionally at risk and the vulnerable elderly,” Dr. Senathirajah said.
World Vision Lanka’s livelihood interventions will align with the Government’s Programme for food security. Home gardening will be promoted to increase household food security and to ensure that the nutritional needs of children are met. Food or Cash-grant Assistance (FCA) will be provided, to selected families to support the recovery of livelihoods.
In terms of WASH, all WASH activities will focus on children, their families, and the communities through the provision of handwashing stations in schools, public places such as health facilities. Hygiene packs will be provided to households, catering to the needs of the entire family including a family hygiene booklet to promote best practices.
The education sector will work with the Ministry of Education to support children especially those with no access to digital and electronic platforms for education material.
World Vision Lanka’s first phase of the response that concluded recently focused on providing dry rations for families who were struggling with their livelihoods affected and 42,815 such families in 36 locations in 16 Districts were provided with dry rations. The total response which also included improving preventive measures and supporting crucial needs of health facilities and health workers, amounted to over 70 million rupees.
Through the match-funding fundraising initiative World Vision was able to raise funds to support over 6,400 families with the contribution of corporates, foundations and individual donors.
A recent global report by World Vision warns that up to 85 million more girls and boys worldwide may be exposed to physical, sexual and/or emotional violence over three months as a result of COVID-19 quarantine. In Sri Lanka, World Vision is working closely with the National Child Protection Authority to address the rising incidents of violence against children.
World Vision commenced operations in Sri Lanka in 1977 and has responded to almost every disaster the country has since faced. The organization currently works in 34 locations in 15 districts across Sri Lanka directly impacting nearly 100,000 vulnerable children and their families.