The ancient city of Anuradhapura is located in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province and has a population of over 50,000. It is an important sacred Buddhist site, visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. Although it is known as the “dry zone” of Sri Lanka, thanks to irrigation reservoirs the region has a thriving agriculture. However, Anuradhapura Province has one of the lowest rates of employment in the country: only 11.6 per cent of the population are regular salaried employees, 20 per cent work on their own account and 11.1 per cent are unpaid family workers.
Children without parental care can find a loving home in SOS Children’s Village Anuradhapura (photo: SOS archives)