Health support for Sri Lanka’s vulnerable children
Health Support for Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable children
Very few orphanages in Sri Lanka accept children under 5-years-old, yet they are the most vulnerable people in the community. Health issues are a constant problem at orphanages, as staff are often not trained in basic hygiene and medical practices. And facilities are often extremely dilapidated with a lack of maintenance and basic living standards.
Roundtrip’s support of a very poor orphanage in southern Sri Lanka began by providing food supplements to the diets of the children. This helped ensure that about 70 children (many just babies) got enough to eat every day. In 2015 RoundTrip, together with our local contacts, completed an ambitious rebuilding and maintenance program at the orphanage. It included tasks such as rewiring, painting, fixing windows and doors, and the renewal of the toilet block. Most of the work was focused on the toddler’s dormitory. We have also arranged for a doctor to visit the orphans twice weekly.