Posted on May 2, 2024 Global Encounter features Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service in Sri Lanka

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Feature Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service in Sri Lanka


LEADS with a rich and vibrant history, spanning over 40 years. When the 1978 cyclone battered the shores of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake, a few members of the Evangelical Fellowship of Ceylon were triggered to action. With the limited resources at their disposal and with the assistance of few volunteers, they provided shelter and medical care to those that were affected. With renewed conviction in the social responsibility of the church towards the country during this national calamity, these individuals were motivated to establish a relief and development arm of the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, birthing Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service (LEADS).

With the vision “For Sri Lankan communities in need to experience the love of God demonstrated through our compassionate and active service”, LEADS are dedicated to creating safer spaces and brighter futures for the children of Sri Lanka.  Our work with vulnerable children and communities is aimed at redressing social injustices – from child abuse, abject poverty, and socio-natural disasters, to lack of access to development and equal opportunities. Towards achieving these goals, LEADS intervenes in the areas of:

LEADS is also committed towards redressing socio-economic issues that affect various social groups and the nation as a whole, in the cross-cutting areas of gender equality, disability inclusion, peace-building and environment conservation.

LEADS are currently working in 14 of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka with the mission ‘To be a compassionate, educative, and active Christian resource agency working with the neglected, vulnerable, and disadvantaged in community transformation, reconciliation and restoration in a journey towards fullness of life.


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