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 14:23

Bringing Relief to Disadvantaged in Galle

The Galle District Inter Religious Committee (DIRC) supplied dry ration packs to orphanages, elders’ homes and long term care institutes under NPC’s Covid-19 relief programme funded by the Canadian government under its Canada Funds for Local Initiatives (CLFI).

Galle DIRC worked closely with relevant government officials including Social Services Officer M.F. Sharmila from the Bentota Divisional Secretariat office who helped to identify homes that were struggling due to the curfew restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

“The Sugatha Elders’ Care Centre is run with minimum funds; it has 85 residents. When the curfew was imposed, the home was unable to find enough food items to feed the residents. They had no milk powder. I thank NPC and the Canadian donor for this kind act of providing rations during these troubled times.”

The Sambodhi Children’s Home was having difficulties even before the curfew. A philanthropist had founded the home and was supporting it but after his death, the funds stopped. The 30 children, who are differently-abled, were fed by donations from neighbours. These donations came to a halt during curfew, so the gift of dry rations was received with much appreciation.