Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us to ask if we’re ok. Sri Lanka have been affected by heavy rains & floods the last week. We are lucky to not be affected by the floods here in the south. Sunshinestories is 200km from the affected areas, we have experienced heavy rains but no floods. Everyone here at Sunshinestories is safe. But, there are hundreds of people in Sri Lanka in need of relief aid.
Many Sri Lankans have been displaced after torrential rains hit the central part of the island this week. Three villages in the district of Kegalle, Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya, were affected the most, leaving hundreds missing and many killed after landslides buried the villages. The rains still continue, but we hope the worst is over. Sri Lankan soldiers and aid organizations have already started relief efforts and searching for survivors.
We are aiding by sending food and sanitary supplies to local relief organizations. If you also want to help those who were affected by the floods, we encourage you to make a donation to any of the organizations listed below. A small amount can come a long way and together we can make a big difference!
The Red Cross — The Sri Lankan chapter of this worldwide organization is sending updates about Sri Lanka and providing food, blankets, clothes and first aid on the ground.
Oxfam — Oxfam has teams on the ground distributing portable toilets and other hygiene items to families displaced by the landslides.
PickMe — If you’re interested in sending goods but are not near Sri Lanka, this app is a good option. Pick “Food Aid” on the PickMe app and choose to make the donation now or later.
Without Borders Sri Lanka — If you’re in Sri Lanka and have the ability to donate food or dry goods, this group is collecting items to take to people displaced by the floods. Details about drop-off locations are on its Facebook page.
SocialService.lk — This organization has partnered up with the app bigbon to collect donations for those in Sri Lanka who have been affected by the floods.
Sarvodaya — A relief organization in Sri Lanka, Sarvodaya has teamed up with media organizations like Siyatha TV, Siyatha FM, Varnam TV, Varnam FM, Kiss FM and Real Radio to support those affected by the flooding. You can find out more information about how to donate on its website and Facebook page.
Yamu — This site has a host of other resources for those in or near the areas affected by the natural disasters. If you’re looking for places to donate goods or ways you can volunteer, this list will offer you more ways to help.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, let’s together help where we can.
/ Petter & Linn + our crew