The recent monsoon season was a devastating blow to many in Sri Lanka. The flooding, which occurred as a result of the heavy rain, affected millions across the country and continues to do so. According to a report, at least 30 people have lost their lives in the flooding, and more than one million Sri Lankans have been affected so far. Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre reported that over 33 thousand families have been relocated as a result of this natural disaster, all of which required relief aid immediately.
Muslim Aid has been at the forefront of relief aid activities in Sri Lanka. South East Asia has a history of monsoon floods and heavy rainfall. Being mindful of that, Muslim Aid has worked hard to establish an on the ground presence in all countries in this region, Sri Lanka included. This includes working with different parties on the ground, as well as other relief aid organisations and charities.
The recent floods caused severe damage and it was one of the worst floods ever recorded, which meant a lot needed to be done in relatively short amount of time. This is where Muslim Aid found a reliable partner; UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. It’s always very encouraging and inspiring to see different charities working together towards a common goal. The recent venture by Muslim Aid and UMCOR turned out to be an extremely beneficial and productive aid campaign.
Two charities are better than one. Together, Muslim Aid and UMCOR worked to provide much-needed aid to the people of Sri Lanka. This included providing families with dry ration packs. These are consumables that don’t get damaged by flooding as long as they are stored in a sealed container. They are easily consumed and can last for days. We offered other forms of aid such as counselling to the Sri Lankans in order to assist them in their time of need. It was all about serving humanity.
On January 29, 2015, Muslim Aid and UMCOR were on the ground at Vantharumoolai East in the Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka. Our relief aid staff and volunteers assisted in distributing ration packs to 290 families. This includes a total of 1450 beneficiaries. We followed that up with another aid distribution drive the following day at Mankadu and Michnagar for more than 500 families. Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for more information.
The idea behind the aid drive was not just to distribute aid packets but also to distribute hope; hope for a better tomorrow for the people of Sri Lanka. By joining hands with other organisations, a lot can be accomplished. Your participation can ensure our relief aid drive for Sri Lanka reaches its goals. We would like to urge our readers and fans to do their part for the betterment of humanity. Join Muslim Aid and UMCOR in helping the people of Sri Lanka get through the adverse after-effects of the recent mass flooding. Make a donation today so that a family can be properly provided for.