In Sri Lanka, malnutrition affects 29% of children. Public and private partnerships across the country including various government ministries are coming together with one goal: to tackle this major public health issue through the One Goal movement reaching over 2,000 children across the nation.

Partnership with government institutions

In conjunction with World Food Day on 16 October 2015, World Vision Lanka collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Nutrition to organize a nutrition promotion programme at St. Anthony’s College, Wattala where a large number of students learnt about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. In January 2016, World Vision Lanka marked the Sports and Physical Health Promotion Week held by the Ministry of Sports by jointly organizing a One Goal football match with Kick Football Academy in Colombo where 25 children from various schools participated in the match. World Vision Lanka has also been working with the Ministry of Health to develop a nutrition curriculum for use in schools nationwide. Built on the successes of these initiatives, there are now plans to work more closely with the Ministry of Sports in 2016 on nutrition programmes for youth athletes.

Partnership with Sri Lanka Football Federation and corporates

From April-September 2016 a football reality show “Football Dream Star” will be aired promoting football and nutrition. This marks the start of an exciting collaborative effort with Sri Lanka Football Federation and a group of corporate partners Rupavahini, Dialog, Cargills and Standard Chartered. Beginning February 2016, World Vision Lanka in partnership with the YMCA launched a series of football training camps across the Northern provinces of Sri Lanka. In March 2016, a women’s football match was also held with the YMCA in conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8 March. 

May is the month of action for Sport for Development by One Goal and partners. Join us all month long by following our weekly themes, engaging in important conversation online, participating in sport and advocating for sports access, organization of grassroots sporting activities, and child health for all.

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