Sri Lanka is facing an acute economic and energy crisis.
Power is being cut for up to 13 hours a day. Tens of thousands of people are being forced to queue for hours for fuel. The World Bank estimates that 11.7 per cent of people in Sri Lanka are living below the poverty line, earning less than US$3.20 per day.
Children are at the heart of this crisis. Families are struggling to find enough food. As public transport is cut, children are missing out on both an education and access to school meals, placing them at greater risk of being pushed into child labour.
Six million children are expected to be impacted by this escalating crisis.
“This crisis is really pushing families to their limits”
“Those days when I ask my parents to buy something like books or a schoolbag, they would immediately get it for me, but now they are unable to do as before,” says grade seven student Abishayan. © UNICEF/UN0649737
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- Deliver therapeutic food to treat malnutrition in children
- Provide food vouchers for pregnant and lactating mothers
- Supply maternity and neonatal kits