Zakat Foundation in Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka, just south of the Indian subcontinent, attained independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into open conflict in the early 1980s, which continued for the better part of two decades. 2009 saw the formal close of armed conflict, and since then Sri Lanka has seen modest improvements in security as well as economic development. The country now relies less on humanitarian aid than in years past. 395,000 IDPs finally returned to their homes after years of displacement. However, there are still over 80,000 IDPS who have taken refuge in transit/welfare camps in the north and east.
In addition to providing fresh meals and gifts for the Ramadan and Eid seasons, Zakat Foundation of America has sponsored technology institutes to advance the careers of underserved communities and build new homes for those who have been run out of their villages.
Financial support from NGOs and the international community will need to continue despite notable socioeconomic growth in recent years.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center