Cost of living crisis appeal

by Prithipura Communities
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Cost of living crisis appeal
Saveena
Saveena

Since our last update, you have helped us raise over $4,800. This means that since the start of the campaign in November 2021, we’ve raised over $20,000! As usual, we remain so grateful for your support and every $ contributes towards supporting the children and adults at disabilities who live at Prithipura Communities.

The economic crisis continues in Sri Lanka continues with ever rising prices that continue to make daily life difficult. Food staples such as rice, flour and lentils have increased dramatically. For example, the cost of a kilo of lentils has increased by 190% since June 2021 (source: Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka).

The situation makes your support even more important than ever and along with increased agricultural activities, we continue to weather the storm. As mentioned in our last report, the rejuvenation of the paddy field at Cotagala School has been a huge achievement – not only as a valuable source of food but also as it has taught new skills to many and the team have enjoyed working together to make it a success. The team have just completed their second harvest. The rice will be used across all our 4 locations.

As well as the usual activities, we have celebrated Teachers' Day and Children’s Day – celebrated on 1st October in Sri Lanka. The team at Cotagala have also supported the students with a drama project which involved some very creative costumes and lots of fun!

Saveena, who attends Cotagala School, recently celebrated her 10th birthday. Her story is just of one of many, where children growing up at Prithipura are given the opportunity to develop and reach their potential. Her severe physical disability meant that, as a young baby, there were many concerns about her ability to develop her motor skills. At 10 years old, not only is she able to walk and be fully independent, but she has also learnt to write despite difficulties with her hand. She is excelling in the classroom and has many friends.

We’ll be launching our annual fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday 29th November, in order to raise funds that will support us in 2023. As with other years, we’ll continue throughout December to reach our target of $5,000. Watch this space for further updates!

Thank you once again to all those who support our work!

Drama activities at Cotagala School
Drama activities at Cotagala School
Drama activities at Cotagala School
Drama activities at Cotagala School
Teachers' Day celebrations
Teachers' Day celebrations
Teachers' Day celebrations
Teachers' Day celebrations
Parami and friends enjoying Children's Day
Parami and friends enjoying Children's Day

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Rice cultivation
Rice cultivation

There has been huge political and economic turmoil in Sri Lanka in recent months. It has been a challenging time and the impact is affecting everyone.

Record rates of inflation means eye-watering price increases in essential goods as well as significant supply issues. Frequent power cuts combined with shortages of gas, petrol and diesel mean daily struggles. Your generous support, yet again, has made things easier. The resilience and innovation of our fabulous staff team has also meant that everyone remains happy and healthy. Food production has increased at all our locations, but daily life continues and there’s still been time to celebrate special occasions and enjoy each other’s company.

The team at Cotagala School have rejuvenated an abandoned paddy field and are currently waiting for their second harvest. It’s an activity that many have been involved with in some capacity – agricultural workers, teachers and students. The students have enjoyed learning how to grow rice and then being able to see and taste their harvest!

At the Infants Home, regular pool activities have kept the children and adults with disabilities that live there happy and active. The school room is also a hive of activity every day with those that participate developing new skills through play, song and creative pursuits.

Vesak, a Buddhist celebration that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, was also creatively enjoyed with handmade lanterns and religious observances.

You can read more about our recent activities in our newsletter here.

Thanks once again to everyone has donated and supported our work, especially to our regular donors who collectively donate over $550 on a monthly basis!

Elisa at the Infants Home
Elisa at the Infants Home
School room - Infants Home
School room - Infants Home
Making Vesak lanterns
Making Vesak lanterns
Handmade lanterns for Vesak
Handmade lanterns for Vesak
Celebrating Vesak
Celebrating Vesak

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Thanks to you:

  • We have raised $11,300 since the start of our annual fundraising campaign in December 2021.
  • We have 19 regular donors who contribute $760 on a monthly basis.
  • Our salary fund is secure for 2022.

This is a massive achievement and it’s all down to you – our lovely friends and supporters!

In 2021, we received 2 large donations via the GlobalGiving platform, one from GlobalGiving as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund and another from a large international funder. As these were entirely unexpected and in addition to our usual funding sources we thought long and hard about the best use of these funds.

As many of you will know, our hardworking team of carers, teachers and farm workers have played an essential role in keeping everyone safe, happy and healthy in the last two years. Many have made personal sacrifices to protect the vulnerable children and adults who live with us. We would not be where we are today if it was not for their dedication and commitment.

Unfortunately, the pandemic and other factors have meant that Sri Lanka is in the midst of a economic crisis. Inflation is at an all time high and costs of basic essentials are raising daily. This has a direct impact on many of those who work for us. Our long-term plan has always been to keep ensuring that our salaries are competitive in order to build staff retention as well as to continue to attract new staff.

As such, we have decided to use these extra funds to support a significant increase in the basic salary of our amazing team. The extra funds received will support the increase for the next 3 years.

Once again, we need to thank you again for our ability to do this. Not only have your donations meant that we can keep funding our usual activities, the fact that you have donated via GlobalGiving has meant higher exposure for us on the GlobalGiving platform, which attracts a wider range of donors from all round the world!

You can find out more about our amazing team in our upcoming newsletter – sign up to receive it direct to our mailbox:

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Are you interested in continuing to support us in 2022?

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Thank as always for your support, it truly means the world to us!

With love from us all at Prithipura Communities xxx

 

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Vaccs for those aged 16-30 at the Infants Home
Vaccs for those aged 16-30 at the Infants Home

Yet again, your support has kept us going! Since our last report in July, we have received an additional $13,400 through those donating via the GlobalGiving platform. These funds continue to provide the essentials for the children and adults with disabilities who live with us.

Sri Lanka came out of yet another nationwide lockdown recently that lasted several months, due to an increase in the delta variant.  This meant that transmission of COVID-19 increased rapidly and hospitals faced huge problems with managing capacity.

Vaccine roll-out success

In the last few months we are delighted that everyone at all our branches who is over 18 (and some over 16s) have been vaccinated. The local Ministry of Health teams have visited each branch to do this safely, so that vulnerable people have not had to go out in the community and join long vaccination queues in their local areas.

We realise, however, that this does not protect everyone. We are very concerned about those under 18 with particular health conditions, who have not yet had a chance to have the vaccine. There is no doubt that all of us at Prithipura – residents and staff alike – want to make sure we continue to protect each other, not just ourselves. We are all in this together and have been since the beginning of the pandemic and this will certainly continue! Therefore, our 4 branches remain closed to visitors and we continue with care and extreme caution when people do have to go out. Our protocol is well established and continues to work well.

Plans for 2022

With so much unknown at the moment, we know that our funding may be unstable in 2022. Furthermore, it is really important that our amazing team of carers, teachers and farm workers continue to be adequately remunerated for the work they do. Their contributions have been particularly impressive since the onset of the pandemic where everyone has pulled together to keep those at Prithipura Communities happy and healthy.

We will therefore be launching a fundraising campaign for 2022 on Giving Tuesday - November 30th.  As in other years, GlobalGiving is giving away extra funds for donations made on their platform on that day, so as usual it’s an excellent day to make a contribution and spread the word about what we do – further details to follow shortly.

Thank you!

Thank you to all those who have supported us. It really does mean the world to us. Special thanks to our 17 regular donors who in total donate nearly $600 to us on a monthly basis. This regular support is really important. You can set up a regular donation here:

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Vaccinations at Cotagala School
Vaccinations at Cotagala School

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Thank you once again for your support to our cause. Since our last report in March we’ve received another $6,800 in donations via the GlobalGiving platform. This support continues to sustain us at this challenging time.            

Sri Lanka has just come out of a period of increased restrictions island-wide since April due to a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections. The vaccination programme, having started in January, has had a slow rollout due to supply issues. Around 10% of the population have had the vaccine at the moment. Unfortunately, clinically vulnerable people have not been prioritised in Sri Lanka, apart from people over 70 years of age, so it has been a challenge to ensure that those who live with us have access to the vaccine.

Thankfully in the last month or so, we have been able to secure the first dose of vaccine for 75 adults living at Prithipura Communities. This has taken place at our two branches in the Western Province – the Infants Home and Anandapura Farm– the area most affected by COVID-19 and where access to vaccine is most prevalent. We made special requests to our local health officials so that the vaccines could be given out on site to avoid the vulnerable people who live with us having to go out in the community to get the vaccine. This would have been dangerous and impractical as community-based vaccination locations have long queues and sadly social distancing is frequently not adhered too. We were really grateful that local ministry of health teams responded to our calls for help and came to each location to administer the vaccines efficiently and safely.

Although we are pleased that 75 people have received their first dose, there remains some work to be done. At present, those who have received their first dose of vaccine are awaiting their second dose. Furthermore, the policy in Sri Lanka is to only vaccinate those over 30 so at the Infants Home there are 62 children and adults under 30 including some staff who have not been vaccinated. Lastly, 120 children and adults living at Asokpaura Farm and Cotagala School have not been able to access the vaccine to date.

As ever, despite the challenges, we remain hopeful for the future. We are safe, happy and well and with support such as yours, we are confident that we can continue to weather the storm. Thank you once again for your commitment to supporting the children and adults with disabilities who call Prithipura their home!

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Vaccinations at the Infants Home
Vaccinations at the Infants Home
Vaccinations at Anandapura Farm
Vaccinations at Anandapura Farm

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Prithipura Communities

Location: Hendala, Western Province - Sri Lanka
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Project Leader:
Katherine de Kretser
Hendala, Western Province Sri Lanka
$73,813 raised of $76,120 goal
 
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