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URGENTLY NEEDED 25 OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS DISTRIBUTED TO THE RURAL AREA HOSPITALS BY SLF & OTHER SL ORGANIZATIONS

SL ORGANIZATIONS IN Southern California, GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR DONATION!!!!!

On September 4th, 2021 two lorries carrying urgently needed 25 Oxygen Concentrator’s took off to the hospitals in the rural areas in Sri Lanka for distribution. The rural area hospitals selected for the long awaited Oxygen Supply were Maslkeliya, Dickoya, Tricomalee, Meeghatanna, Karapitiya, Dankotuwa, Peradeniya and Thellapillai.

This project was funded by the Sri Lanka Foundation, Sri Lanka America Association, Sri Lanka Muslim Association, St Joseph’s College Old Boys Association, Ananda College Old Boys Association, Holy Family Convent Past Pupils Association, Methodist College Past Pupils Association and other generous individuals in Southern California.

We continue our efforts to raise more funds as we are now preparing to distribute 500 Pulse Oximeters and more Oxygen Concentrator’s to other rural area hospitals that are in crucial need to save lives.

If you wish to donate to this worthy cause please contact the following individuals:

Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705
Lucky Rajasinghe: 909-730-2847
Samantha Kurera:951-963-1030
Rakshita Dissanayaka: 562-254-4865
Rohan Sourjah: 310-567-8894
Rahim Mantara: 909-223-5866
Dushyantha Kurera: 909-974-9199


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SLF Intl, Other Non Profits, School Organizations and Individuals in Southern California Community Join Hands to Provide urgent Medical Equipment to SAVE LIVES!!!

Sri Lanka Foundation Intl USA, Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, Ananda College Old Boys Association, St Joseph’s College Old Boys Association and Holy Family Convent Past Pupils Association with many individuals in Southern California have come together to raise funds to provide most urgently needed Medical Equipment to the Hospitals in the Rural Areas.

Donations started to pour in and within less than a week the collection exceeded over $120,000. The following hospitals in the rural areas have been identified such as Dickoya, Maskeliya, Tricomalee, Dankotuwa, Meeghatanna, Peradeniya, Karapitiya and Tellapillai to deliver 3 to 4 Oxygen Concentrator’s which includes a two year warranty, installation and servicing. This is scheduled to go out in the next 24 to 48 hours.

After the completion of this project, we have over 15 other hospitals identified in the rural areas to deliver Oxygen Concentrator’s which awaits the next shipment to arrive.

We are extremely thankful to all the donors for their generous donations. All developments of the project will be posted on the website.

Aruni Boteju Initiates the Mission of Connecting Sri Lanka and Consul General with Direct Relief

Consul General of Sri Lanka, visited Direct Relief’s Santa Barbara headquarters to discuss the ongoing emergency response in the region and opportunities for future partnership in the South Asian country.

Through the coordination of Aruni Boteju, Direct Relief recently donated ventilators and adaptors (equivalent to USD $54,422 or LKR 10,854,346) to Sri Lanka.

Dr. Chandradasa toured the organization’s 155,000-square-foot warehouse, accompanied by several others, including Aruni Boteju, who coordinated the visit. Dr. Chandradasa spoke with Direct Relief CEO and President Thomas Tighe and other staff about the necessity of access to Covid-19 vaccines, as well as ongoing medical support.

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states of the United States of America and more than 80 countries across the globe, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Direct Relief also has a long history of emergency response to Sri Lanka, including the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Through the coordination of Aruni Boteju, Direct Relief recently donated ventilators and adaptors (equivalent to USD $54,422 or LKR 10,854,346) to Sri Lanka.

Don’t Miss Out!!!Thath Jith Dance Academy students in collaboration with Maitthree Vihara Buddhist Meditation Center are organizing a fundraiser to help people in need in Sri Lanka!

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The entire world was paralyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka is taking measures to combat and defeat the disease. Due to economic struggles rural and poor in Sri Lanka is struggling to put food on the table.

Thath Jith Dance Academy students in collaboration with Maitthree Vihara Buddhist Meditation Center are organizing a fundraiser to help and feed the day-to-day workers and their families in selected poor and vulnerable rural villages. Our goal is to provide groceries to feed 1000 families . The distribution of groceries will be done through collaboration with TV Derana , most popular TV channel in Sri Lanka.

Please join us, Thath Jith kids, by donating and sharing to feed the vulnerable families in Sri Lanka.
Thank you for your contribution, generosity and kindness.

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan with Sri Lankan Expatriates Delivers Essential Medical Equipment worth over $225,000 Directly to 14 Corona Treatment Hospitals within Three Weeks of Request

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan in connection with expatriates living in Japan donated over $225,000 worth of Covid related emergency equipment to 14 government hospitals. Many philanthropists came forward due to a special program introduced by His Excellency Sanjiv Gunasekara, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka. This model allowed donors to choose their preferred medical equipment directly from authorized Sri Lankan suppliers and donate to a hospital of their choice. Appreciating the transparency adopted the philanthropists offered their contribution without hesitation.

Four of the active Sri Lankan Associations in Japan the Sri Lanka Business Council of Japan, Sri Lanka Automobile Association in Japan, Kansai Japan Sri Lanka National Organisation and the Sri Lanka Professional Association mobilized their members and helped in this worthy cause.

With the rapid proliferation of new corona strains there has been a greater tendency for patients to succumb than ever before due to the inadequacy of medical equipment to provide immediate treatment to hospitalized patients. Ambassador Gunasekara met with the business community at his residence and through a detailed power point presentation followed by a one to one question and answer session explained how this could be an opportunity for the “successful” to save lives.

Information on eight essential equipment such as HFNO Machines, BMC Machines, BI PAPS Machines, Ventilators, Oxygen Regulators, NRBM Machines, Multi Para Monitors, Syringe Pumps which are essential to save patients’ lives were provided. The contact details of the relevant Hospital Directors, Suppliers of the above Equipment and the Information of the relevant Sri Lankan agents were handed over to the donors. Further, the monies were asked to be credited directly to the vendors after the commitments were matched with needed equipment and hospitals.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka coordinated all the logistics of placing orders, delivery schedules, including coordinating respective family members of donors witnessing the gifting of equipment to the respective hospitals. The entire project was fully transparent and donors had full access to all information. It is also worth to mention that the equipment were made available to the respective hospitals on an urgent priority basis which made it possible to complete the entire project in 3 weeks.

Written by: Sri Lanka Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

Kalubowila HDU: A heartfelt gift from the people to the people

By Kumudini Hettiarachch

With the hospital seeing a flood of COVID-19 positives by late April and five wards being dedicated to treat patients, healthcare staff go beyond their call of duty to fulfil a critical need


The need of humble men and women hit by the rampaging virus was dire and the response has been commendable.

Next week, the Colombo South (Kalubowila) Teaching Hospital which has been going from strength to strength, opens a state-of-the-art, 20-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) for COVID-19 patients, with an estimated value of Rs. 150 million

A heartfelt gift from the people to the people, with the healthcare staff going beyond their call of duty to fulfil a critical need!

The HDU ensconced within the main hospital complex is a-bustle with activity, while the other services of this tertiary care hospital continue in these troubled pandemic times.

The Kalubowila Hospital got into the active treatment of COVID-19 patients as the New Year pokura (cluster) from the third wave went higher and higher and ambulances, red lights flashing, drove in frequently.

“One particular day, we had 180 patients,” explains Acting Director Dr. Pradeep Wijesinghe, reliving those tense moments when they were isolating these patients in the medical wards, having shifted the usual patients to other wards.

By late April, they were seeing a flood of COVID-19 positives and had dedicated five of their usual wards, about 230 beds, bringing about many changes in the infrastructure.


Soon to open: State-of-the-art 20-bed High Dependency Unit for COVID-19 patients

Usually the ‘catchment’ area of the 1,100-bed Kalubowila Hospital managed by around 400 doctors and 800 nurses, is very wide – ranging from Homagama to Padduka, with transfers even coming from Avissawella and in the other direction encompassing Piliyandala to Panadura.

With the staff seeing many COVID-19 patients needing oxygen and close attention, 10 beds had been demarcated as a high dependency section.

It was then in early May that both administrators and clinicians sat down and brainstormed amidst their taxing schedules and decided that they needed an HDU but would not burden the Health Ministry with requests to provide funding.

Getting the blessings of Health Services Director-General Dr. Asela Gunawardena (who was the hospital’s former Director), the clinicians and administrators banded themselves as a ‘Donation Coordinating Committee’. They tapped into their wide network of colleagues, friends and well-wishers both in Sri Lanka and abroad (United States of America, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, West Asia and more) and also social media, to help make this ‘need’ of the humble people of the country, a ‘reality’.

Slowly and surely, the funds flowed in and Dr. Wijesinghe is quick to point out that the committee did not handle a single cent, they only played the role of ‘matchmaker’.

Having on hand, a ‘List of Requirements’ of the ‘infrastructure’ and ‘equipment’, the committee systematically matched a donation to the need, asking the donor to deal directly with the agents providing these services.

There is a poignant moment when the Sunday Times is told that two cleaners had put Rs. 2,000 each from their precious savings, while the biggest single donation had been Rs. 10.3 million.

The committee had also been “very moved” when groups they had never imagined, such as schoolchildren who pooled their pocket money, small groups, old boys of schools, clubs, voluntary organizations, big and small, gave donations straight from the heart.

In one voice, the Donation Coordinating Committee waxes eloquent on the unstinting support provided by the Navy, with its personnel seeing it as a labour of love, starting early morn and working late into the night.

On Wednesday, when the Sunday Times visited the hospital numerous Navy personnel were going about hither and thither, some up on ladders or gently telling us not to step into that room as the special floor tiles had just been laid, while the krrrr-sound of cutters filled our ears.

Earlier, the Donation Coordinating Committee had gone around looking for a 4,000-litre oxygen tank, found it in a health institution which did not require it as urgently as the hospital, negotiated with the Health Ministry and brought it here, to occupy the garden adjacent to the HDU.

Less than six weeks after the idea was mooted, the HDU awaits its first patients – to treat, cure and send back home.


The 4,000-litre oxygen tank occupies the garden adjacent to the HDU

By:Sunday Times

Project Completed in Laggala & Mawathagama Hospitals implemented by OSL Network in Florida!

Thank you to everyone who donated to this project.

We are the Overseas Sri Lankan Network (OSL), a network of Sri Lankans who live all across Florida.

As of now we have members from four major Floridian cities: Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach. We are working to expand to other cities and create more prospective members.

Today we are using this OSL network in collaboration with our fellow Sri Lankan physicians living in Florida to help Sri Lanka’s current COVID-19 situation by initiating to send some most needed PPE and medical equipment for example: HIPAA machines, Non rebreather oxygen masks with reservoir bags, High flow Oxygen concentrators, BIPAP machines, 3M surgical mask, pulse oximeters, non-contact infrared thermometers etc. to our front line workers and some disposable masks to the general public. Here we are requesting our community, for your support and contribution to fund this project by donating any amount you are comfortable with to this good cause.

Our organization started this fundraising campaign in response to the COVID 19 pandemic in Sri Lanka to provide medical equipment. As a North Americ a (Florida) based charitable organization, we will transfer all the funds to the hospitals in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Sri Lanka College of Internal Medicine. Some of the required equipment are given below and we hope you will be able to support our mission.

With these funds, our organization will be able to fund the list given below. As you can see Sri Lanka is in a devastating situation which is decimating the vulnerable. Realtime COVID numbers are given in the link below.

See Link below to donate:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-equipment-to-sri-lanka-for-covid19/widget/large

https://gofund.me/473e5471

COVID-19 Relief Project Plan Discussion Initiated by SLF Intl, USA, Doctors & other SL Organizations in US & UK

FIRST AND FOREMOST WE THANK ALL THE DONORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS PROJECT!!

On Saturday, May 29th, 2021, Sri Lanka Foundation, International, USA initiated a zoom meeting advised by the Medical Director of SLF, Dr Deepthi Jayasekera and also Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera to meet with the doctors leading the project in Sri Lanka as well as other Sri Lankan Organizations and a supplier of HDU Equipment vendor to get a plan in place to move on to the next step.

All participants were Greeted & Introduced by Keshini Wijegoonaratna, the Director of Project Management & Public Relations, and right after she introduced Shirani Stanislaus, the Chief Operating Officer of SLF to convey the opening remarks.

Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, the Medical Director of SLF took over the meeting platform as the moderator to facilitate the important items to be presented, with Dr Deepthi’s supporting remarks of the COVID Relief Efforts Project, followed by Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera confirming the urgency of providing the HDU Medical Equipment to the Kalubowila and Gampaha Hospitals without further delay.

Prof Saroj Jayasinghe, educated everyone of the shortage of equipment, Dr Harsha Sathischandra, the President of Sri Lanka College of Internal Medicine, updated the overall situation giving us a clear picture of how fast the new variant was spreading. Dr Nandaa Dikmadugoda and Dr Ruwanthi Perera presented slides of the Kalubowila Hospital to present evidence of the shortage of equipment that could have saved lives and statistics of the current COVID Cases.

The meeting continued with other Sri Lankan Organizations agreeing to get more involved to raise funds as they are now aware and realized the urgency in this project.

The HDU Medical Equipment vendor assured to SLF and other organizations that they will provide the best quality equipmet as well as the best price to the Kalubowila and Gampaha Hospitals.

The meeting ended with the agreement from all organizations to transfer the funds collected to start purchasing the equipment and also to continue to raise funds to help the other hospitals.

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Sri Lanka Foundation Int, Distributes 25 Essential Baskets to underprivileged Pregnant Mothers!

Availability of an organizational structure for provision of maternal health services in the rural areas of Sri Lanka is an ongoing problem. Despite the availability of universal healthcare and education, and good health indicators at the national level, maternal and child undernutrition continue to pose a major challenge for Sri Lanka.

This project that we are supporting was initially started in year 2000 by Buddiyagama Dhammasena Thero to help and support the deserving pregnant women in rural areas with the essential items that they need at the hospital for a new born. The goal is to provide 10,000 give away essential baskets per year Islandwide, in the areas served such as Monaragala, Mathara, Hambantota and Gampaha.

On April 10th, 2021, Sri Lanka Foundation donated 25 essential baskets to underprivileged mothers with items that are urgently needed for a new born baby at the Marthara Beliwatta Sri Sudharmastha Viharasthanaya, Sri Lanka distributed by Buddiyagama Dharmmasena Thero. The foundation has pledged to continue this project every month to the most needed pregnant mothers in Sri Lanka.

If anyone is interested to know more about this project and would like to donate to this cause please go to the Foundation website: http://www.srilankafoundation.org and click on causes.

FCCISL joins Sri Lanka-Americans’ donation of medical equipment to IDH

From left: FCCISL Secretary General and CEO Ajith D. Perera, FITIS Immediate Past President Dr. Kithsiri Manchanayaka, Consultant of Infectious Diseases Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama and IDH Hospital Director Dr. Hasitha Attanayake

The Sri Lankans living in Southern California spearheaded by Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara, an Infectious Diseases Specialist in collaboration with Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America Western Region (SLMANA WR) collected much-needed funds for the purchase of equipment to National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH).

The project was conducted with the help of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries in Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and liaised by Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) Immediate Past President Dr. Kithsiri Manchanayakke.

Some of the equipment purchased with the funds were four ICU Trendelenburg beds, bedside ultrasound scanners and probes, ambu scopes, television sets for isolation rooms and PPE including N95 masks

The project was planned as an emergency fundraising event to help the country in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the IDH Hospital, provided the appropriate guidance to the current needs of this hospital which was in dire need of some upgrades during this pandemic. Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara and SLMANA will be further looking into helping other hospitals in need of upliftment in the future.