The Clarendon Foundation has already taken action to help the underprivileged in Sri Lanka in the face of this unprecedented crisis. (See Photos)
We have donated dry rations to remote areas in Sri Lanka which are the hardest hit, in terms of the scarcity of funds and food. A few weeks ago, funds were wired to Gajabapura, where the Clarendon Foundation has been providing a daily lunch to poor rural students. The funds were sent to the Principal of the Gajabapura school to purchase dry rations and distribute to over 100 school families. This has been completed with the distribution of food packs to about 115 families in the area. These supplies, valued at about Rs.5,000 per pack, are expected to be sufficient for a family of four or five for about two weeks.
Funds were also sent to Jaffna through a Catholic Nun, who is the coordinator of a local Clarendon project. The funds were used to purchase dry rations that include rice, sugar, dhal, tea leaves and soy beans. Dry ration packs were assembled by volunteers and delivered to families in need. Again, these provisions valued at about Rs.5,000 per pack, are likely to last about two weeks.
Following the success of this endeavor, additional funds were sent to this area where the strict curfew made it impossible for those affected to secure food. The curfew in the area also made the purchase and distribution of the food virtually impossible. Contacts with the army commander for the Jaffna area made it possible for the distribution with the army’s assistance where soldiers came with vehicles and assisted with the project.
Additional support was provided by funding a group of concerned local volunteers to provide distribution of over 400 packs of food in the outskirts of the Colombo area.
The Clarendon Foundation will continue to monitor conditions.
In addition to the above, the Clarendon Foundation is continuing to fund its ongoing programs in Colombo, Moratuwa, Mount Lavinia, Poovarasankulam (Vavuniya), Seeduwa, Wanathavilluwa, the Katuwapitiya bomb victims and 100 children with cancer.
The Foundation’s work is made possible by generous donors. If you have questions or would like to assist in any manner please contact us:
Manilal/Cherene Fernando: (562) 924-1463
Arjuna Dominic (818) 360-1991
Roy/Valerie Cooray: (310) 781-9334
Amila/Nadhini Silva (909) 609-9787
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