Help feed the Homeless by Mindfulness Meditation Center, Covina

Dear Practitioners,
Prevailing pandemic situation and the ongoing financial crisis has affected the communities in many ways. We see every where how people are going through many difficulties. Let us help the needy people and at-risk families in our own capacity.

This is a great opportunity for us to develop generosity and cultivate loving kindness with a compassionate heart

Many Words of Gratitude from the Families at the Food Drive

During these unprecedented times with many families facing financial crisis, Walter J Company, New Economics for Women, and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ Labor Community Services (LCS), in collaboration with Sri Lanka Foundation, hosted a holiday food drive in an effort to reduce the food shortage to families in need during this holiday season on December 19th, 2020 from 9.00am to 12.00pm at the Walter J Company parking lot on 1930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90057.

Hundreds of families drove in as well as walked up to accept the food boxes with much gratitude and conveying blessings to the volunteers helping to distribute the food items.

Due to the great organization by the sponsors of this project the volunteers were able to execute the operations without any issues to the very end and shared their positive experience.

Holiday Food Drive


During these unprecedented times with many families facing financial crisis, Walter J Company, New Economics for Women, and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)/ Labor Community Services (LCS), in collaboration with Sri Lanka Foundation, are hosting a holiday food drive in an effort to reduce the food shortage to families in need during this holiday season.

This will be held on Saturday, December 19th, 2020, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

The distribution will take place at the Walter J Towers parking lot, on 1930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057. All are asked to access the parking lot through Westlake Avenue.

Contactless drive-throughs are welcome; participants will simply drive their car to the designated pop-up tent, and food kits will be delivered to the trunks of the vehicles to ensure COVID safety compliance. Due to safety precautions and COVID regulations, no walk-ups will be permitted.

No eligibility is required.


Georgia wins Junior MasterChef Australia 2020 with her Sri Lankan feast

Sri Lankans around the world celebrated the epic win of Georgia who clinched the title of Junior Masterchef Australia 2020 which concluded on Monday and aired on Network 10.

Georgia whose maternal grandmother Charmaine hails from Sri Lanka is cited as a major influence on Georgia’s culinary leanings. Beating off stiff competition from 13 other contestants aged just 9-14 years, Georgia won a cash prize of AUS $25,000.

Each week Geogia remained calm and collected as she whipped up dish after dish of great cuisine which had the judges heaping praise on her. Tasting her coconut flatbread and potato curries the judges praised her ability to cook curry while mainating a perfect balance of spices.

Without hesitation Georgia credited her grandmother for teaching her all the elements of Sri Lankan cooking. In the final battle, Georgia’s culinary offering comprised pork curry, cashew curry, eggplant curry, plus yellow rice, pappadums and cucumber raita for her main. She followed it by a dessert, which she named ‘Tropical Mess’ which had five elements: toasted coconut ice cream, brown bread crumb, Davidson plum pearls, Davidson plum meringues and a lemongrass granita.

After winning, Georgia said she’s not too sure what she’ll do with the $25,000 prize money, but she will definitely use it for something fun and food-related.

SLYO Project Makes A Difference! Education Without Boarders | Operation Rise Above

Approximately 20 percent of youth in Los Angeles suffer from poverty, which interferes with their ability to purchase essential school supplies, and thus access a quality education. In addition, the pandemic has created further disruption for students as classes temporarily halted, interrupting learning.

To help mitigate these issues, SLYO and Project POH have partnered with Migalay’s Tamales restaurant and Yasel Puig’s Wild Horse Foundation to create the Operation Rise above initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to provide essential school supplies such as pens, backpacks, pencils, crayons, and colored pencils to underprivileged youth residing in the San Fernando Valley district. The event was hosted at Migalay’s Tamales Mexican restaurant on Saturday, October 3rd 2020 and was facilitated successfully with the help of many enthusiastic volunteers. Overall, school supplies were given to approximately 700 school-aged youth. SLYO and Project POH were grateful for the funds and essential school supplies provided by their sponsors: TJ Maxx Westlake Village, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Sri Lanka Foundation, Team Rugby LA, the Go-Fund me donations and Facebook donations.

As a result of the donations, SLYO was able to purchase 700 backpacks with school supplies to provide to youth and families in need. The committee was also able to provide these individuals with free packaged meat sponsored by Yasel Puig’s Wild Horse Foundation. SLYO and Project POH would like to extend a special thank you to all the people that donated funds or supplies to make this event possible. Overall, Operations Rise Above, was able to help children ranging from Kindergarten to High School obtain important school supplies to help them get through the school year.

Written by,
SLYO Executive Committee

10th day of the 5th Gammadda Door-to-Door initiative

(News 1st): Amidst split opinions on the Constitutional Amendments, political debates, and inclement weather, issues faced by the people of our country has to be given our attention as well.

Gammadda teams today visited the people living in the Districts of Anuradhapura, Galle, and Mannar under the 5th Gammadda Door to Door initiative.

Most people in Galenbindunuwewa in Anuradhapura are suffering from kidney disease as they have been drinking brackish water for a long time.

A well has been constructed for these villagers to fetch water about two kilometers away from where they live, but that too is located near a reserve.

Just three months ago, a villager was killed by an elephant while trying to fetch water from the well.

People in Galenbindunuwewa are in need of clean drinking water and an elephant fence.

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Project Pursuit of Happiness and SLYO Presents

Operation Rise Above Sri Lankan Youth Organization (SLYO) and Project Pursuit of Happiness (POH) will be providing all the essential school supplies to underprivileged schools and students. This is a trying time for all of us. However, some families are unable to provide for their families and are finding it extremely difficult to navigate these waters. We want to utilize our network and resources to fill that void and help alliviate some of the hardships that these families are currently experiencing. We decided that the best way for us to help is by ensuring kids are not forced to pause on their education. We believe that if these kids have the proper support system, they will be able to rise above this current climate as well as set a solid foundation for taking care of their own families one day. Education is at the core of being able to rise above the issues that society throws at us, and kids should not be alone in fighting for that journey. This is the reason why we created Operation: Rise above. The idea is simple: provide kids with the resources they need to succeed so they can use their knowledge for power. We can use all the help possible as we a realizing there are currently a lot of kids being forced to put a hold on their education all over Los Angeles. With your help, we will be able to make an impact on these kids lives and give them the necessary tools they need to succeed. With even one small donation, you make make a major difference in their lives and the world. See more to Register and Donate!

Colombo back to normal

Colombo became a busy city once again with the easing of lockdown which was imposed since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March this year. Transport services are functioning as normal while shops and offices are also operating in line with health guidelines. The photos show Colombo is gradually returning to normalcy.
Pix by Pradeep Pathirana