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Helping Poor Families During Pandemic and Beyond
By Dr. Sumith Kahanda partnered with SamajaSathkarak.lk
Millions of people have lost their jobs during this Pandemic. There is are no exceptions to people in Sri Lanka. The Government does its best to help people but it won’t continue for long. However, they struggle. The most vulnerable people and families who are already below poverty line need a great deal of support for a foreseeable future. For a country like Sri Lanka, this is a huge burden. Low income families in Sri Lanka receive Rs 5000 each per month for two months during this COVID19 pandemic. This is an equivalent to $37 CAD or $27 US or 25 Euros. Average family size is 4. Imagine living off of $37 CAD per month. It is really tough. We want to reach out to these people to give them hopes. Our target is to raise $5000 CAD and help poor families in Sri Lanka. We can do that with your kind support. Together we can do it. Your dollar is worth more than you think. We know everyone is suffering one way or the other. Do your best to help a family during this pandemic. Bless you. Thanks.
Alternatively, you can e-Transfer money directly to Sumith.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed Project Summary
With your generous donations, we managed to complete following projects so far. We’re very grateful for your financial support. We want you to feel confident & happy that we’re spending your donations wisely. So, we’re committed to being open about how we’re funded, how we are spending your donations and managed. Read this summary of the completed projects. This section will be updated regularly as we go.
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Opening a vegetable shop as a Self Employee (Purchasing Vegetables and inaugural of the shop auspiciously) – Day 02
Our Project Plan
With your generous donations, the following projects are expected to commence immediately to help poor families in remote villages in Sri Lanka. We are hoping to visit the most remote areas which are 200-300km away from the city centers of Sri Lanka looking for families which require the most support for survival. As listed below, We are open to many projects which help poor families in rural setting and improve their living conditions. Self-employment projects may usually take 4-6 weeks to complete. Due to this pandemic, the manufacturing and importing goods required for projects is slow and takes more time than it usually takes. Therefore, once the required items have been purchased, these projects will be initiated.
A large number of low-income Sri Lankans are helpless due to the COVID19 epidemic. Most of them lost their livelihood. While public servants get paid, the middle class live off their savings, the poor are very helpless. We plan to create self-employment opportunities to these affected families. We hope to provide the initial raw materials, tools, equipments and guidance for them to start self-employment of their choice to achieve long-term stability.
- Sewing Machine (Normal) – $255 CAD
- Sewing Machine (Lockstich) – $460 CAD
- Overlock Machine – $587 CAD
- Bush Cutter (Grass Cutter) Machine – $219 CAD
- Cement Brick Making Machine Basic – $117 CAD
- Cement Brick Making Machine Advance – $219 CAD
- Incense Stick Making Machine – $407 CAD
- String Hopper Making Machine – $133 CAD
- Slipper Making Machine – $1074 CAD
- Street Orange Juice Bar – $185 CAD
- Ready-made Slipper Selling Business – $148 CAD
- Pillows, Doormat & Dolls Selling Business – $185 CAD
- Cattle – $473 CAD – $947 CAD
- Goats – $109 CAD – $255 CAD
Since most of the raw materials are imported from China, it can be difficult to find them these days. And the prices of the materials can go up during the post-covid period. Therefore, the estimate for these self-employment projects may not be accurate.
In Sri Lanka, well water (groundwater) is directly consumed with little or no treatment as people in these areas can not afford treatment facilities. However, water quality in many part of Sri Lanka is poor and is not suitable for drinking. Drinking contaminated water has caused kidney diseases among poor people. Our solution is to supply RO filters and water tanks to these poor communities specially schools. Your generous donations will be used for these projects.
- RO Filter – $423 CAD
- Water Tank – $73 CAD – $110 CAD
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being taught in every school now. For high school students and College/University Students, a Laptop has become a must to continue their studies in a rapidly changing world. Most students are helpless as their parents are unable to afford a laptop for their education. With your donations, we are planning to buy laptops for kids from poor families.
- Laptop – $483 CAD
- Basic Computer – $218 CAD
- Advance Computer – $401 CAD
Wearing masks is mandatory wherever you go. Especially in public places. Hand sanitizers and masks are not a priority for poor families as their priority is to find something to eat for survival. Yet, these people are so vulnerable due to their living conditions, poor sanitary facilities and underline health issues. Mandatory requirements has added a strain to these families. Our plan is to buy masks and hand sanitizers and distribute among poor families. But without your contribution, we can not support them.
- 2 Mask & 100ml Sanitizer Bottle Pack – $2.55 CAD
There are many low-income mothers, fathers and children with poor eyesight. But they have no money to go and see an optometrist and afford prescribed eye glasses (spectacles). With your donations, we can help them to improve their eyesight.
- Eye Glasses (with eyesight test) – $55 CAD – $88 CAD (Including travelling)
- Reading Glasses – $8.75 CAD – $10.94 CAD
In some rural area in Sri Lanka, school kids have to walk long ways (about 5 km or more) to reach their schools as there are no public transport or school buses. Therefore, having a bicycle is a dream of many children. With your donations, we will be helping few of these school kids to achieve their dream.
- Mountain Bicycle – $131 CAD – $167 CAD
- Small Bicycle – $58 CAD
- Tricycle – $30 CAD
In Sri Lanka, there are so many children, adults and seniors with mental and physical disabilities due to various reasons. These disabled people have various needs such as wheelchairs, orthopedic equipments such as water mattresses, air mattresses, and hearing aids etc. However, families can not afford these requirements. People in remote areas do not even have access to a wheelchair provided by the government.. They cannot work because of their disabilities. Basic needs cannot be met. With your donations, we can help them to improve their living standards.
- Wheelchair Regular – $109 – 111 CAD
- Wheelchair with Commode – $143 – 148 CAD
- Wheelchair Tricycle – $341 CAD
- Walking Stick – $15 CAD
- Walker – $44 CAD
- Crutches – $26 CAD
- White Cane (cane for blind) – $18 CAD
- Wooden Walking Cane – $7 CAD
- Water Mattress – $58 CAD
- Air Mattress – $97 CAD
- Hearing Aids – $547 CAD+
There are so many poor children who have no access to school supplies, clothes to wear, food to eat, and milk to drink. There are lot of children living with many other problems including health issues. Some kids can not go to school. Parents are helpless as they can not afford any of these. The consequences are unimaginable. With your support, we are determine to help these poor kids to the best we can. With your dollar, we can do much for these kids.
- Scholarship for Computer Program – $89 CAD (4/6 months)
- School Supplies – $19 CAD
- School Bags – $9.84 CAD
- English/Sinhala Dictionary – $15 CAD
- Shoes – $13 CAD
- Story Books (10 Pack) – $1.82 CAD
- Toys – $1.82 CAD
In Sri Lanka, there are many Seniors who do not have children’s attention. Tens of thousands of Seniors are suffering quietly: no place to sleep, no foods to eat, no cloths to wear and most importantly no love and attention from their own kids. It is very sad to see them suffering. With your donation, we will look after some of these seniors to give them some comfort, love and attention. Please donate for these noble support for seniors.
Expecting a baby is the greatest joy in the world. However, for poor pregnant moms, this can be a stress as they are unable to afford the nutritional requirements and other basic needs during pregnancy. With your donations, we are going to help these expecting moms with nutritional and other basic support. Bless someone with a little donation.
Access to Electricity is not available in some parts of Sri Lanka due to various reasons. Also, poverty has become a barrier in getting access to the power Families who do not have access to power, use Kerosene oil lamps which are not safe. Poor kids who use these lamps for their studies in the night are vulnerable to fire hazards and other health issues. Our goal is to supply solar panels and “Study lamps” operated by solar power for these families. This can also be applied to the houses where Seniors live without electricity. Your dollar can go long ways to light someone’s house.
Pandemic situation has also affected pets and animals. No foods and shelters. Stray dogs and cats have created health and safety hazards. They too need homes, food and vaccines. Some rural families need cattle and goats to make their living. Many slaughterhouses in Sri Lanka kill hundreds of cattle / goats on a daily basis. It’s great if we can release at least one cow/goat and give it to a poor family. We can also see dogs walking with their feet paralyzed. We can help disabled street dogs by donating Wheels/Carts.
- Dog Wheels for Handicapped dogs – $186 CAD
- Cattle – $473 CAD – $947 CAD (rescue from slaughterhouses)
- Goats – $109 CAD – $255 CAD (rescue from slaughterhouses)
- Cattle feed for sick cattle – $53 CAD for 2 Weeks / $106 CAD for 1 month (Complementary Cattle Feed & Milk Magic for 10+ cattle)
Estimated budget for Projects/ Materials
The prices quoted herein may vary depending on the date and location of the purchase. This may vary depending on the exchange rate. The value is adjusted to the nearest decimal point for ease of calculation. The cost of transporting large machineries and items is also included.
Regular Sewing Machine (For Self-Employment Projects)
$255 CAD | $185 US | 168 Euro | 281 AUD
Lockstich Sewing Machine (For self-Employment
$460 CAD | $333 US | €304 | 500 AUD
Solar Panel for Electricity (Study Light)
$176 CAD | $135US | 113 Euro | 182AUD
School Supplies per Kid (Grade 4 to 10)
$19 CAD | $14 US | 13 Euro | 21 AUD
Laptop for IT Students (High-School)
$483 CAD | $350 US | 318 Euro | 525 AUD
Scholarship for Computer Programs
$89 CAD | $65 US | 59 Euro | 97 AUD
Hamper for Pregnant Moms
$37 CAD | $27 US | 25 Euro | 41 AUD
Dry Rations for Families
$19 CAD | $14 US | 13 Euro | 21 AUD
Plip-Pop Making Machine (For Self Employment Projects)
$1074 CAD | $780 US | €711 | 1175 AUD
English – Sinhala Dictionary
$15 CAD | $11 US | 10 Euro | 18 AUD
Dog Wheels (for Handicapped dogs)
$186 CAD | $135 US | 122 Euro | 202 AUD
Thermos Flask for Kids & Adults
$13 CAD | $10 US | 9 Euro | 15 AUD
Water Tank for Schools
$111 CAD | $81 US | 74 Euro | 122 AUD
Milk Packets for Adults & Kids
$3 CAD | $2 US | 2 Euro | 3 AUD
Wheelchair (Tricycle) for Disabled
$341 CAD | $248 US | 225 Euro | 372 AUD
Wheelchair (Regular) for Disabled
$111 CAD | $81 US | 74 Euro | 122 AUD
Bicycle for School Kids
$156 CAD | $113 US | 103 Euro | 170 AUD
RO Water Filter for Schools
Spectacles for Kids & Adults
$88 CAD | $65 US | 59 Euro | 98 AUD
Shoes for School Kids (Grade 1-13)
$13 CAD | $9 US | 9 Euro | 14 AUD
Helpless Families need your support
The following families identified by our group need your kindness, empathy and support. Click on the photos to learn about these families and their needs. Please help us to help these families immediately
With your generous donations, we managed to complete following project so far. We’re very grateful for your financial support We want you to feel confident & be happy that we’re spending your money wisely. So, we’re committed to being open about how we’re funded, and how we are spending your donations and managed. Read this summary of the completed projects. This section will be regularly updated as we go.
Funds Transferred to the SamajaSathkara.lk Foundation by Sumith Kahanda
Distributed to the Community by the SamajaSathkara.lk Foundation – Sri Lanka
Our team stayed in Medawachchiya for several days to help the families who affected by the COVID19 pandemic .
This family wanted a vegetable shop.
This family with four children has become helpless due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Even though they make ends meet by farming, their crops have been destroyed. So this father wanted to be self-employed, but he did not have the means to do so.
Extending helping hands towards a mother who became a widow along with a child, to start a food business (Day 02)
You are already aware that we have donated kitchen utensils and a gas cooker for a poor family enabling them to expand their self employment. Upon her invitation, we visited them very next day morning. She gave us a warm welcome and offered us with a delicious breakfast meal. We had a quality inspection on food as she made them for selling.
Extending helping hands towards a mother who became a widow along with a child, to start a food business (Day 01)
On the day first, we donated them a two burner gas cooker, a gas cylinder, a Grinder to grind grain items. She was delighted and thankful to us and invited us for the breakfast on the following day, promising to offer tasting few varieties of food items which are expected to be prepared by utilizing the utensils donated by us.
We did donate almost all the required tools and equipment such as a Angle Grinder, an Impact Drill, a Wood Cutting Wheel, a Diamond Wheel, a leveling tube, a Hand saw, a Trowel, Tapes, Hand Gloves, Hammers etc., which would help this person to continue his masonry works.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Sumith is the main organizer of the fund raising events for our humanitarian projects and provides his guidance and directions to the projects. Sumith currently lives in Saskatoon, Canada. You can reach him via email and social media platforms.
Danesh manages the projects in Sri Lanka from initiation to completion. He is the Director of SamajaSathkara.lk Foundation. Danesh is a award winning community volunteer and an entrepreneur based in Sri Lanka.
Nilanthi is the project supervisor with SamajaSathkara.lk
Foundation with a great passion to help people.
Lahiru is the project coordinator for these projects.
About Our Organization
Helping Everyone | Everyday | Everywhere
Every day, SamajaSathkara.lk helps people in poorest communities in rural areas of Sri Lanka to survive and thrive. Linking kind hearted people with who are in real need. The beloved father of Danesh Maduranga Edirisooriya, Mr. B.H. Edirisooriya was in the view of helping out the needy, and during his lifetime he was engaged in such activities.
Danesh, following his fathers foot-steps along with his younger sister Nilanthi Edirisooriya (Vice President – SamajaSathkara.lk), came up this novel concept. Hence this idea was born in 2006.
Now Danesh working with facebook friends to enhance its services. It’s a registered foundation – Reg No. GA3032
Contact Our Team
If you need to contact the Organizer/Project Manager or if you like to have a customized project for your need please contact us. Sri Lankans can directly contact the SamajaSathkara.lk Foundation for Future Projects. We can do projects for your special events such as birthdays, anniveraries etc.
Dial +94701 10 10 10 to contact Danesh Edirisooriya.