A shot in the arm for the needy | Sunday Observer

A shot in the arm for the needy

5 February, 2023

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) assists families affected by the food crisis with the assistance of the Red Cross Society of China, coordinated by the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka. The program aims to provide additional assistance to help people reduce their daily food expenses, with a special emphasis on children and the elderly.

The country’s economic crisis has affected many households, causing chaos in many lives, and SLRCS has stepped forward to distribute food parcels among low-income families affected by the crisis in districts where food and nutrition gaps have been identified. Women-headed households and children living with their grandparents were prioritised during the selection of beneficiaries.

Over 9,000 vulnerable families receive dry ration food packs, which contribute to improving the beneficiaries’ nutrition under the ongoing program.

Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Chairman Jagath Abeysinghe said, “It is with tremendous pleasure I express my gratitude to our colleagues in China, their generosity and support rendered during a challenging time for our nation.

Sri Lanka will overcome these obstacles because we have friends like colleagues at the Red Cross Society of China, who continue to assist us. SLRCS will always be at the forefront of assisting people in difficult times.”

Those benefited from the donation worth of USD 190,000 were from Homagama, Kollonnawa, Hanwella, Biyagama, Dompe, Mirigama, Katana, Gampaha, Mahara, Divulapitiya, Negambo, Nuwara Eliya, Haguranketha, Walapane, Nuwara Eliya, Abagamuwa, Harispaththuwa, Pasbage, Korale, Gangawata, Koralage, Panvila, Delthota. Gampola, Pathadumbara, Weligamuwa, Damdulla, Galewela, Rattota, Ukuwela, Watagoda, Madawala, Matale -1 and Matale -2.