The Mercy Corps country program in Sri Lanka closed on January 15, 2012. Over seven years we implemented 22 programs worth $22 million in Sri Lanka, improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and leaving a strong legacy.
After seven years of working with communities across the country, we decided to close our operations in light of high taxation and visa difficulties for international organisations, government bans on assistance in post-conflict areas and the decline in available funding. Given these circumstances, as well as Sri Lanka’s socio-economic development levels in relation to the rest of South Asia, we felt we could not continue to work in Sri Lanka and make the kind of impact we would hope.
- Emergency response: Provided basic supplies, spurred clean-up and helped restart community tourism jobs in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
- Economic opportunity: Supported business recovery and created 1,500 jobs; piloted microfinance and insurance programs that have expanded to other Mercy Corps programs around the world
All stories about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka: Tea With the Tigers January 22, 2005
Sri Lanka: A Journey Through the East January 19, 2005
Sri Lanka: Mercy Corps Receives Tsunami Relief Donation from Oprah's Angel Network January 18, 2005
Sri Lanka: Toy Story - Part 2 January 15, 2005
Sri Lanka: Toy Story January 15, 2005
Sri Lanka: Using Science to Rebuild Communities January 14, 2005
Mercy Corps has teamed up with over 50 geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) professionals to improve relief efforts in tsunami-stricken areas of Asia.
Sri Lanka: The Buried Village January 11, 2005
POTTUVIL, SRI LANKA - Aboard the Blackhawk helicopter, his ears plugged against the roar of the rotors, a US Marine in a flak jacket pencils me a note: DESTINATION = 1 HOUR
Sri Lanka: First Steps Toward a Brighter Future January 10, 2005
While longer-term efforts to rebuild Sri Lanka's ruined coastal towns are underway, simple things can still make a difference.
Sri Lanka: Up in the Air January 6, 2005
Sri Lanka: Field Report from Sri Lanka January 3, 2005
Note: Mercy Corps Senior Communications Officer Cassandra Nelson called these details in from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.