World Vision begins new program in Sri Lanka.

By April 14, 2005

Sri Lanka (MNN)–Schoolchildren in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka are just returning to school. While that routine is slowly becoming re-established, the food situation remains unsettled for many children.

At the end of the day for most of the children, they return to makeshift shelters, dependent on the relief supplies sent by the government and other humanitarian aid groups.

Proper nutrition is a key component to learning, so in response, World Vision has begun a two month school-feeding program to provide food to more than 40-thousand children in eight regions.

In order to get things started, World Vision signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Food Program (WFP) and various government agencies.

The program implementation then began in the districts of Matara and Hambantota in the south, Ampara and Batticaloa in the east, in Trincomalee in the northeast and in Jaffna and Mullaitivu in the north.

Parents receive six kilograms of corn soya blend flour, 500 ml of vegetable oil, and 500 grams of sugar on behalf of each child. Teams also help parents learn how to make a variety of meals from the ingredients.

While not overtly evangelistic, teams find a compassionate response to overwhelming need opens doors to share the hope of Christ.

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