Sri Lanka is facing it's worst economic crisis since independence. Soaring inflation has caused devastating shortages of food, medicine and fuel, as well as power cuts across the country.
You can help.
We received a letter from our partners, the Methodist Church Sri Lanka (MCSL), asking for help to provide emergency food relief, as well as education support for children who have been affected by widespread school disruptions. Our partners are targeting the most vulnerable: people with disabilities, unemployed widows and families supporting children and the elderly.
MCSL has requested $64,000 to help reach as many people as possible. Please give generously to support our neighbours through this crisis.
All funds raised will support the work of the Methodist Church Sri Lanka providing assistance through their existing projects.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Read the letter from our partner
Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented difficult period at present as the country’s economic crisis has plunged the nation into bankruptcy resulting in daily 5-hour power cuts and people forming into long queues to obtain basic necessities. There is a sharp increase in the cost of living with shortages of medicinal drugs, cooking gas, milk powder and fuel that has triggered island-wide protests against the government in many parts of the country. This is the country’s worst economic crisis since independence.
Following the closing of schools and educational institutes during the period early 2019, 2020 and early part 2021, the education of children was severely affected. Strike action by teachers and education authorities asking for salary increases in mid 2021, further weakened and hampered the education of school children. The impact of this is felt more by the children with special needs. Their future depends on the results gained at the most decisive General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Ordinary Level examination conducted by the Education Ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka. The parents cannot afford to pay for extra tuition classes or purchase education materials. Urgent action is needed to help these children catch up on the lost time and learning.
On the other hand, as a result of acute food shortages created by the loss of buying power of the government due to lack of foreign exchange, the prices of food commodities have sky rocketed. Poor families are at the brink of starvation. As imported milk powder is not available, the parents have no means of feeding their infants. This is an extremely serious situation.
Taking the above into consideration, the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has initiated a programme titled: “Samaritan Journey,” to help the needy and the poor who are faced with extreme hardships under the present situation.
- Educational support to the children with special needs under the Special Education Unit of Deaf Link Mission.
- Distribute food relief packages made up of dry rations to the families threatened with hunger.
Children with Special Needs
Rs.3,000 to be provided to each child to obtain special coaching, purchase past papers to study and cover travel expenses etc. in preparing for O/L exams.
Deaf Link has identified 400 known children in Colombo, Kilinochchi, Ampara and some in other districts to target.
Food rations to families
Rs. 5,000 worth of dry food rations relief package to be supplied per family per month.
Rev. W.P. Ebenezer Joseph
President of Conference
METHODIST CHURCH OF SRI LANKA
19 May 2022
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