Written by Staff Writer
01 Sep, 2014 | 9:06 pm
The distribution of aid from the Sirasa Shakthi Sahana Yathra convoys, organised to provide relief for the two million people affected by the drought in the country, commenced on Monday. Aid is being distributed throughout the Ampara, Killinochchi and Polonnaruwa districts.
The Sri Lanka Army and Police too, have rendered immeasurable support to this endeavour. Brigadier Rohana Bandara proved to be an invaluable supportive figure in helping the Sahana Yathra team to co-ordinate the distribution of aid in Ampara. The aid convoys were unable to reach their destinations at the scheduled time.
People gathered on either side of the route to support this noble endeavour with their contributions.
The MTV and MBC Media Network, instead of stopping with reporting on the plight of the drought-stricken populace who hadn’t seen a drop of water in nine months, organised the Sahana Yathra initiative once again, considering it our national responsibility to help those whose need is urgent.
The response received from the public of Sri Lanka to our invitation to be part of this initiative, was truly overwhelming. From the smallest to the largest donation, everyone who contributed towards the success of this endeavour has the heartfelt gratitude of the MTV and MBC Media Network and the people who will receive this aid.
Following a thirty-three hour long journey interspersed with many stops to pick up contributions from the public along the way, the 25 lorries which made up the first aid convoy, reached Ampara. Detachments of the convoy were then sent to the villages of Damana-Uhana and Navidanveli to hand over the aid directly to the hands of those affected by the drought.
Polonnaruwa is yet another district that suffered immensely due to the drought.Farmers in this area had to face numerous hardships due to the destruction of hundreds of acres of farmland.
The Sirasa Shakthi Sahanayathra arrived in Polonnaruwa on Monday and distributed much needs relief among the communities that had been badly affected .
Relief was distributed among the residents of several areas in the Polonnaruwa district. The Sirasa Shakthi Sahanayathra received an overwhelming response from the public because over the years the general public has continued to place their trust in us .
The aim of the Sirasa Shakthi Sahanayathra was not to merely provide relief to those affects, but also to provide a platform to the whole of Sri Lanka to help their brothers and sisters in their time of need .
Our aim was to shine a light on the hardships faced by those affected.
Many residents of the Northern Province rely on agriculture to earn a living, and it is this very same group that was severely affected by the drought.
The Sirasa Shakthi Sahana Yathra convoy carrying much needed aid did not forget the people residing in these areas.
A number of communites that were affected by the drought in the Kilionchchi District received aid on Monday.
Relief was distributed among the residents of Dharmapuram-Pooneryn and Shantha areas in Kilinochchi.
These communities who have lost all hope due to the destruction of their paddy lands gave a warm welcome to Sirasa Shakthi Sahna Yathra team carrying aid. We were able to feel their renewed sense of hope after having shared their heart felt thoughts as a result of this initiative.
The Sirasa Shakthi Sahana Yathra was able to extend the hand of brotherhood to those who were worst affected by these harsh conditions.
The Sirasa Shakthi Sahana Yathra initiative was also praised by the Anunayake’s of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters of the Siam sect.
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