Where We Work
Sri Lanka is a small country at the south tip of India, often described as the shape of a teardrop. A three-decade civil war shattered much of the country, obliterating its infrastructure and tearing at its social, cultural and economic fabric. A combination of the war and family break-ups has resulted in a high number of orphans. Thousands of children lost at least one of their parents in the conflict. Nutritional deficiencies among children are common and almost half the population does not have access to safe drinking water. In addition, people with physical and mental disabilities are particularly vulnerable – including around Ella, with its challenging terrain in the mountainous tea-picking district near Kandy (the geographical heart of Sri Lanka). Other vulnerable groups are the elderly, single mothers and kids with limited access to education.
Zambia is a landlocked country on the central African plateau, bordering eight other countries. Rural poverty remains persistently high at 80%. Most Zambians depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. In average production years, 60% of farmers face a hungry season of several months, which is particularly acute from November to March. RoundTrip Foundation is working in Eastern Province, home to 240,000 poor smallholder farmers. Sadly, 64% of children aged under five-years exhibit signs of growth stunting, the highest rate in Zambia. Approximately 65% of all people living in Eastern Province are considered extremely poor – it’s the greatest number of extremely poor people (1,049,142) of all the provinces.
Namibia is a large country with a population of around 3 million people and shares borders with South Africa, its former colonial power. Namibia inherited severe social and economic inequities after independence in 1990, largely due to its history of apartheid. Poverty and inequality remain high in the country, and its income distribution is among the most unequal in the world. RoundTrip is working with the Mayana community in the far north. Poverty is especially prevalent in this region, which is home to most members of the country’s indigenous groups. Food shortages are a constant problem, due in part to a punishing drought–flood cycle.