Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka

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Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka
Feed families & rebuild 3000 futures in Sri Lanka

Dear friends and supporters,

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with a currency devaluation following a 70% drop in foreign exchange reserves resulting in a heavy shortage of fuel, essential items, medicine and soaring inflation. Sri Lanka’s rupee plunged into the world’s worst-performing currency during April 2022.

Many Tuk Tuk drivers who support multigenerational families are just some of those in utter despair as they are unable to provide sustenance for their children without fuel or tourism.

There are reports of increased numbers of children being sent to orphanages around the country, at a time when orphanages are also struggling to provide food and medication through lack of funding, and are now as helpless as the children inside.

As in any crisis, children are the most vulnerable victims of this crisis too. Already their food security is unsettled, their schooling is disrupted and their mental wellbeing is affected. Already a basic meal has become out of reach for many families who are struggling economically. The National Nutrition Programme for school children has already been suspended in more than 50% of the schools. There are children who no longer go to school either because no transport is available due to the fuel crisis or they no longer can afford schooling. I am afraid that the current situation might also increase children's experience in neglect, abuse and domestic violence.

In the last few weeks we have been in contact with the British High Commission, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, FCDO, the World Food Programme, UNICEF, International Health Partners, and BBC South East Asia to raise awareness and discuss what help is needed for the poorest and most vulnerable families and children who seem to be forgotten in this crisis.

TFT will work in coordination with Southern province authorites prioritising food security, addressing child malnutrition, and at the same time help to rebuild communities through sustainable agriculture and income generation training to create successful livelihood businesses. 

With your support, our team have delivered 300 essential emergency food parcels over the past two weeks which will provide 37,800 nutritious meals.

We see you not as donors but as important investors into the future to help and uplift those in such urgent need, and we thank you on their behalf for your continued support

Yours sincerely,

Joel

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During our first project visit to Sri Lanka in two years, we were shocked to experience first-hand the deep financial and humanitarian crisis which is looming, as inflation rises to record levels and could lead to the bankruptcy of the country in 2022.

Many supermarket shelves were bare, and there is rationing of milk powder, sugar, lentils and other essentials. Restaurants are struggling to find the ingredients they need to stay open.

Covid19, and lack of tourism, is now affecting the entire country, and even the middle classes with jobs are struggling to make ends meet.

Five thousand more people are now living below the poverty line, and the vulnerable families we support in the rural areas are cutting meals from three to two a day. Many mothers didn’t have money to take sick children on the bus to the hospital, or to buy medicine.

Food inflation has risen by 21.5%, and we were shocked at the cost of £30 for bags of rice, lentils, dhal, sugar, flour, milk, eggs and vegetables, which is a sharp increase.

There are severe shortages of expensive gas cylinders, and many people are now cooking on wood fires. Some said the progress Sri Lanka has made over the past few years has been wiped away, and others said this situation was worse than in the 1970’s.

There's no doubt that the generous funds that you have donated to feed families is making a huge difference, and we pass their immense thanks and gratitude to you, for giving not only food but also human dignity.

Best wishes

Joel

 

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Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for your support to provide emergency food aid, soaps and medication in Sri Lanka, which is providing a lifeline to families suffering immense hardship without work or income due to the strict Covid 19 pandemic lockdowns.

The Sri Lankan government recently declared a state of economic emergency, as a steep fall in the value of the Sri Lankan rupee caused a spike in food prices; the cost of rice, sugar, milk powder and gas has doubled over recent weeks, resulting in serious food and gas shortages, which has caused delays in our distribution and has been frustrating for our local TFT team. 

To avoid unsafe crowds and abate the risk of the spread of the virus, Mr Percy, our Country Director has identified desperate families through local village leaders, and is personally delivering to those in most urgent need, which includes mums to be, and new mothers who need to keep healthy to be able to breastfeed their newborn babies, 

Dhashani (26), who lives in a tsunami house with her father, gave birth two days ago to an unnamed baby girl. She was very happy to receive supplies of soap, rice, dhal, vegetables, eggs, sugar, and flour, which will keep her family fed for the next few weeks, and will also provide the nutrition she needs to enable her to breastfeed her baby.

Thanks to you, we are also providing 100 women and girls with washable sanitary aids to help prevent infection, which are made and purchased from single mother entrepreneurs at the Women's Development Centre in Kandy, to provide much-needed income for them, and enables them to feed their own families.

We couldn't do this without your continued support.

Thank you again for each of your donations and continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Joel

 



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Dear Friends and supporters,

While much reporting has taken place of the terrible situation in India as the pandemic takes hold and hundreds of thousands a day are coming forward with infections, Sri Lanka remains a silent Covid partner in the news.

With a population of 21 million people, present daily cases are at a record high with more people dying than at any time during this pandemic; and the numbers are critically rising.

Their Future Today is one of a dwindling number of UK charities that concentrates all its efforts in Sri Lanka, supporting the most vulnerable, and providing a lifeline for families who are in strict lockdown, and without any income.

Thanks to you and the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to act quickly and decisively to so far help 100 TFT-supported families, covid patients, and the most vulnerable living in remote areas in the Southern Province, and distributed or delivered emergency dry food parcels including soap and sanitizer.

Working with the local police authorities, we are hugely grateful to Mr. Percy and our dedicated TFT team, who are pulling out all the stops to coordinate and make this very challenging work possible.

We have also created information in Sinhala about the importance of handwashing and hygiene, which has been sent out through WhatsApp groups to pass on. So far we have reached over 10,000 people.

A crisis crystallizes what really matters, and while we’re working hard towards ending institutionalization and changing the world for thousands of children, our work at the grassroots to help one child and one family at a time is pivotal at this critical time, and we can't thank you enough for your continued and loyal support.

Kind regards,

Joel

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Dear friends and supporters,

We hope you and your families are staying well.

Covid-19 confirmed cases have been rising in Sri Lanka. Many poor families are testing positive, and must  strictly isolate at home for 14 days, making basic food supplies almost impossible to obtain. Schools were closed again from October to January and children are suffering from malnutrition without a vital school meal.

In response, and with help from the local police, our Country Director Mr Percy delivered nutritious dried food parcels, with vegetables, eggs, milk powder, rice, dhal, flour, sugar, soya meat, ayurvedic medicines, soaps and mixed seeds to 25 sick and vulnerable families, who have quarantine notices outside their homes, instead of opening TFT preschool as a food bank again, to limit the spread of the virus.

Two acres of crops have grown over the last few months which benefited 30 poorest families in the Southern province, and 19 TFT housemothers also participated in the planting and agricultural crop training.

Among the crops cultivated were eggplant, okra, spinach, papaya, bitter gourd, this spike, potato mayo. This is providing sustainability and valuable nutrition.

Thanks to the fantastic support we have received from our donors, a new season of planting is about to begin, and we will be providing a new livelihood programme to give poor families the tools and training they need for their future sustainability, which will include poultry farming, basket weaving and coir making.

Kind regards,

Joel

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Donation of food and medical supplies
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Their Future Today

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Joel Stanier
London, United Kingdom
$14,688 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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