NPC continues to support communities affected by Covid-19 with financial aid from the Canadian Government through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Misereor and the European Union (EU). Through these efforts 3,516 low income families, 5,620 persons including persons with disabilities and special needs residing in orphanages and old people’s homes and 440 families from marginalised community groups  including persons with disabilities and members of female-headed households have been supported up to April 30, 2020. These distributions are valued at Rs. 11,668,411. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:20

Hambantota DIRC Provides Supplies to Low Income Families

Hambantota DIRC members supplied Rs. 100,000 worth of dry rations to low income families living in the Tangalle and Hambantota areas with funds donated to NPC by Misereor.

One beneficiary family in Tangalle consisted of four differently-abled members who were in wheelchairs. They had been unable to earn any money selling lottery tickets during the curfew. They were grateful for the provisions they received. They also made a request for new wheelchairs as theirs were old and worn.

Another family was headed by a widow with three school-going daughters. They had been surviving during the curfew period through the generosity of friends and relatives, and were happy to receive the rations.

In another family, the wife was paralysed and the husband, a daily wage earner, was deprived of his income, so the ration pack was welcome.

“I am 75 years old and I make money by selling food. I also have cancer, which makes it even harder for me to go out and earn my daily wages, so am grateful for this donation from NPC and the donor. It is impossible for me to earn any money during the curfew and when people are afraid to eat food from outside their homes,” said I. Kandaiyya.

“My husband used to be a daily wage worker but he was attacked by an elephant and is now an invalid. Because I have to look after him and my elderly mother, I am unable to work. We were suffering even before the curfew but with this new situation, we are completely helpless. We are thankful to Hambantota DIRC for recognising our hardships and for coming to our home to give us the food pack,” said W.G. Aulawathi.