A holistic rural community development model seeking to bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities via 10 empowerment divisions across 300+ villages island-wide reaching over 28,000 beneficiaries annually, free of cost.
Heavy thunderstorms hit northern Sri Lanka between 22nd and 23rd December 2018 bringing more than 250mm of rain to the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts. This was widely reported as being the highest amount of rainfall recorded in a single day in these districts since 1983. As of 6 January 2019, more than 123,000 people were affected, with two deaths reported. Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu suffered the greatest losses as these two districts are amongst the least developed in Sri Lanka and the least prepared for such natural catastrophes. (ReliefWeb, 2019)
In response to this devastating disaster, our Murukandy and Oddusuddan Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts become coordination points for relief. With the new school year starting, students had lost their school supplies and there was a pressing need to provide stationary, school books and other necessities for them to make the most of their studies in the aftermath of disaster.
At this time of need, we were delighted to have three of our beloved Trustees Muthiah Muralidaran, Ashan Malalasekera and Pradeep Karunagaran step forward to provide a modicum of relief for these children and youth. They were also joined by the Rotaract Club of Colombo Uptown (RCCU), Rotaract Club of Colombo Fort and Rotaract Club of Kolonnawa.
With the collective funds raised, the Foundation was able to support 144 flood affected students through the donation of 69 bicycles and 75 Essential School Supply Packs (ESSP), giving each student an opportunity to return to school equipped to excel.
A big thank you goes out to these kind donors for stepping-up in a time of need, to support our fellow Sri Lankans.