BENEFITING: SRI LANKAN YOUTH ORGANIZATION INC
Sri Lanka has been aptly named the pearl of the Indian Ocean for its beauty and splendor; its luscious green mountains and blissful beaches has made it the sought after destination for many travelers from around the world. Unfortunately, as you may have already heard, calamity has befallen our pearl with harsh monsoons followed by flooding and mudslides that have taken the lives of many and robbed the survivors, the lives of loved ones and most of all their worldly possessions. Currently, there are 420,000 people affected by this weather, 250 missing, and over 120 lives lost and counting.
In times like these, it is wonderful to see so many people reaching out with a willingness to help. Currently there are a lot of people sending money, food, and support to the victims of this flood. Our beautiful island is no stranger to catastrophes, natural or manmade. Unfortunately what we have seen in the past is that the world pooled together to help, and people rush in, but in the well intentioned chaos, opportunists have taken advantage of the kindness of others. Once the dust settled, not all the support that was sent in went to the intended destination.
A larger issue people don't realize is that once the wave of support recedes, the people are left to fend for themselves. People were fed, and clothed, but normality was still far from reality. This is where we would like to step in. We have eyes and ears on the ground feeding us information of what is currently being done and what is still needed. We are assessing the situation and will come up with a plan shortly. Our focus has always been the support of youth in need, so in an effort to stay within our wheelhouse, it is our intent to support children victimized by these recent events.
SLYO has made it a point to never just send money to a problem. We have always made it a point to have our people on the ground meeting with those benefiting from the support of our patrons. This way we get a true assessment of their needs, and then by pooling resources and using various negotiation tactics with the intent of stretching every donated penny, we meticulously oversee the project to completion.
Many of our constituents have reached out to us with a desire to help and we are so blessed to have such a group. We have created a separate donation platform for this disaster so that we can insure 100% of what is donated goes to support the victims of this flood. Rest assured that our other projects would still be attended to as soon as the weather allows. There are a lot of children who can use our support and this disaster doesn't take away from their needs.
We are so grateful that you are considering supporting our efforts. A link below is provided for a heartfelt donation to this specific cause. We will be updating you as things happen.