Tuesday, 09 May 2023 09:35

Easing the Burden with Food Relief

A food relief distribution programme was implemented by NPC under the National Language Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP) that was supported by Alinea International with the funds from the government of Canada.

The project was a onetime activity to assist vulnerable families who were hit by the economic crisis. Food relief packages were distributed to 350 families in the Batticaloa, Kandy, Monaragala, Mullaitivu and Nuwara Eliya districts.

Each pack contained 14 items worth of about Rs.15,000. In order to maintain the quality and uniformity of the food packs, NPC partnered with Cargills Food City, which provided the packs through their outlets.

The beneficiaries were selected under certain criteria that included families with only one parent, female headed families, families with lactating mothers, families with pregnant women, families with children 14 years of age and under, families with chronic non-communicable diseases and families who have lost their livelihoods.

The Butterfly Peace Garden in the Batticaloa District, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in the Kandy District, Human Rights First Aid Centre in the Monaragala District, Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation in the Mullaitivu District and Suya Shakthi Foundation in the Nuwara Eliya District joined the project as the partner organizations.

A staff member of an organization for persons with disabilities in Wellawaya said the packs had reached the most needy in time for Ramadan and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.