Plan International closes operations in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT- Plan International a non-governmental organization(NGO), is closing its operations in Sri Lanka after four decades of activity supporting hundreds of thousands of children, a statement said.

“The organization’s exit is based on the significant growth in Sri Lanka’s economy and a marked improvement in its Human Development Index ranking, which now ranks Sri Lanka at 71 out of 189 countries,” Plan International said.

“Over the last 38 years the organization has worked with hundreds of communities in five provinces and improved the lives of over 500,000 Sri Lankan girls and boys,” the statement said.

“The organization’s work mainly targeted the most vulnerable children and young people, especially girls; and social cohesion, gender equality and diversity are some of the areas with the biggest impact among former
conflict-affected communities.”

The NGO provided parents and caregivers the knowledge and skills to support full development of children under five years, including those with disabilities; helped vulnerable children, especially girls, go to school and get a quality education and strengthened education governance and the existing national education system to ensure long-term change.

Plan International also helped prevent violence and exploitation and supported children who are survivors of abuse, and helped young people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to be socially active and earn a living.

Plan International’s global strategy mandates to reach communities in desperate need and improve the lives of the most vulnerable children worldwide.

Recognizing the major advances achieved in Sri Lanka in recent years, the country programs came to a close allowing the organization to deploy its resources to countries where the urgency and level of need is currently far greater.

Plan International thanked the staff, partners, donors, local and national government agencies, communities and children who helped implement life-changing programs in Sri Lanka.

The NGO said it is following procedures to close operations, including adherence to Sri Lankan regulations and labour law requirements and reaching out to donors, sponsored children, their sponsors and programme partners to inform them about the decision.(Colombo/Dec13/2019)