As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, many countries are now beginning to ease restrictions as an attempt to return to normalcy.
However for many around the world and here in Sri Lanka, the lockdown took a heavy toll.
A majority of the population of Sri Lanka lives in rural communities and relies on a daily wage. With the lockdown style curfew that was imposed in the country, these daily wage earners had no means of income and their families suffered. Many who were engaged in agricultural activities had no means of selling their produce and casual labourers were unable to travel around as necessary to find work. The economic downturn further means that many workers will not be able to return to their jobs as they were laid off.
In order to help out these families who are struggling, the Foundation of Goodness initiated a dry ration pack distribution program, adhering to social distancing guidelines and curfew rules.
Through efforts by our Founder Kushil Gunasekera and the kind supporters of the Foundation of Goodness, 750 families received essential grocery item packs from areas including Jaffna, Bandarawela, Batticaloa, Amparam Moneragala, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Ratnapura, Hatton and Kolonnawa. Each essential grocery pack contains 5 essential items that would sustain a family of four for two-three weeks. This includes 10 kg of Rice, 4Kg of Flour, 1Kg of Bombay Onions, 2Kg of Dhal, 1Kg of Potatoes and 1Kg of Sugar.
Now more than ever, kindness and compassion are needed in the world.
For GBP 10/ AUD 20/ USD 12 you too can help us reach 1500 families, reaching approximately 5000 beneficiaries who are in desperate need of help.
(photos of beneficiaries are not included to safeguard their privacy but all donors are kept updated of the distributions)