UNICEF and Rotary International partner to deliver critical lifesaving supplies

Aug 30, 2022

Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis .Soaring prices and a shortage of fuel and gas are making essential supplies like food and fuel beyond the reach for many families.

Nearly every member of the population is now affected by the crisis. Unless urgent action is taken, the crisis will put families (including children) on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Lives are in peril; surgeries are being postponed and risk to life and limb is imminent. Children and pregnant women are being set adrift.

In addition, the education of 4.8 million children is once again on the edge as the current crisis threatens the learning recovery for these children whose education was already disrupted by COVID-19.

Every Sri Lankan at home and abroad want to help in whatever way they can. Many friends of Sri Lanka also wish to help. But how can we do so with the full knowledge, that our financial assistance will reach its final objective?

UNICEF and Rotary International are partnering to deliver lifesaving medicines, clean drinking water, education materials, and other critical supplies to children and families in the country.

The partnership will capitalize on Rotary International‘s global network along with the alumni of Sri Lanka’s leading schools to raise funds from the Sri Lankan community living overseas. Well-wishers can also donate through the online platform www.lifelinesrilanka.rotary.unicef.org.au to give a lifeline to Sri Lankans during the current crisis. UNICEF will use the collected funds to procure essential medicines, medical equipment, water purification tablets, and school stationery to support vulnerable communities facing severe shortages across the country.

The partnership was launched on 22nd August in Colombo by UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Mr. George Laryea-Adjei and UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative, Mr. Christian Skoog together with Zone Director of Rotary International, Mr. A S Venkatesh, and Sri Lanka Rotary District Governor Ms. Pubudu de Zoysa. Several eminent individuals from the business community also graced this occasion and made donations towards this cause, among who were Hemas Holdings, MJF Trust, MAS Holdings, Printcare PLC, Anantara Hotels and Spas, 99X, Midaya Ceramics and several individuals.

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