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Canada supports communities impacted by the Covid-19 crisis in Sri Lanka

The Government of Canada has provided over CAD $56,000 (approximately 7.5 million LKR) to support Sri Lanka’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic through targeted relief to some of those most affected in vulnerable communities.  The funds are being granted to the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).
The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka is part of the Civil Society Committee of the Presidential Covid-19 Task Force. With an established network around the country, consisting of district level NGOs and inter-religious committees, the NPC will provide dry rations to many districts nation-wide. As the lockdown and 24-hour curfew proved to been a serious challenge to many, the NPC will assist those in dire need.

David McKinnon, High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka said “I am impressed by the resolve of individuals, organizations and the various levels of government in Sri Lanka in responding to this unprecedented global crisis”.  Mr McKinnon continued, “Through Canada’s support, we hope to assist the most vulnerable communities as they combat this disease and its severe economic impacts. I am glad we could work with the NPC to respond quickly to an identified need, working across communities and around the country”.