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Relief for Sri Lanka Bombing Victims

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Created April 23, 2019
Sri Lanka United
on behalf of Kavindya Thennakoon
The 21st of April was meant to be a peaceful day. But this peace was shattered when terrorists struck with 8 bombs at churches and at popular five-star hotels on Easter Sunday.  300 people have died with twice as many more being injured.

Sri Lanka already went through a brutal 30-year civil war. Just as the nation was to celebrate 10 years of peace, this heinous act of terror took place. Those that committed this atrocity aimed to divide this nation. They failed and we as a nation will rise up stronger than before.
38705094_1556154642210401_r.jpeg[Image credits: Business Insider]

Sri Lanka United is a collective of startup founders. We want to help Sri Lanka heal and bounce back from the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday. As tech entrepreneurs, we want to use our skills to help seek funding and ensure it gets to where it’s needed. By doing so, we aim to help rebuild the lives of the victims of these devastating attacks.

What are our goals?

We’re joining hands together to help rebuild the communities and lives that were shattered on this dark day.

To do so, over the coming days we aim to collect $15,000 for this cause. More importantly, this money must get to where it’s needed the most to create the greatest impact.
38705094_1556154135425583_r.jpegInside St. Sebastian church in Negombo, which was one of the churches attacked during better times [Image credits:  Martin J Cowling]

There are many initiatives to help rebuild the affected churches and Sri Lanka United will offer these initiatives assistance as required.

As such, these funds will primarily be spent to ensure long-term support for the victims. This long-term support can be categorized as:

Empowerment (40% allocation) - The deadly bombings have shattered families. In many cases, the families have lost their breadwinners. Sri Lanka United aims to support initiatives that help these families find a livelihood, help children resume their studies, and rebuild a normal life.

This means empowering the victims affected by this tragedy to provide for their families. As such, we will support initiatives that help them develop new skills to do so. Empowerment also requires the distribution of hearing aids, prosthetics, other medical supplies, and psychosocial support to help those affected overcome the trauma of this tragedy.

Resilience (40% allocation) - Tragedies like this leave both physical and mental scars. It’s challenging to deliver long-term care to the victims, especially mental health support. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka United aims to help the victims of this tragedy bounce back from these tough times.

To do so, we will look at helping cover the living expenses of the victims. Alongside this, Sri Lanka United will also support initiatives to distribute dry rations and necessary medical supplies. To help heal mental scars, we will also look at supporting initiatives to offer psychosocial support.

Reconciliation (20% allocation) - It’s imperative as a nation that initiatives are taken to heal any rifts between its diverse communities. We believe this can be achieved in three stages. The first is the elimination of fear between communities. When this fear is eliminated, trust can be built. Once trust is built, empathy can be as well.

This will undoubtedly take time. But Sri Lanka United is determined to support these initiatives to help Sri Lanka heal. These initiatives would involve working closely with religious and community leaders. Sri Lanka United will also look at helping rebuild the affected churches wherever possible.

Forming partnerships to achieve them

As startup founders, we admit that tackling these challenges isn’t our specialty. That’s why the funds we collect will be used to support organizations working towards these goals. We’ve already formed a partnership with Red Cross to support its efforts to help the victims.

We will be documenting our progress towards achieving these goals on our public Trello board. You can view it here and monitor our progress in real time.  

How can you support us?

Donate however much you can. Every dollar counts! Share this message across with your friends and family. If you want to help us do more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter and Instagram.
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Hi everyone,

Hope you're all doing well :)

We wanted to give you an update on how things have been progressing since we closed the campaign.

Currently, GoFundMe's payment processor doesn't allow us to directly transfer the money to Sri Lanka.

As such, Kavindya Thennakoon, who is a member of our team, is looking at having the money withdrawn to a bank account in the US. From this account, it would be transferred to the Without Borders bank account in Sri Lanka.

Throughout this entire process, we will be keeping a record of every transaction. Furthermore, KPMG is working with us as an independent observer and auditor to help us ensure this process is done correctly.

Once this process is concluded, we will work towards quickly disbursing the funds and ensure they reach the victims that need it the most.
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Hi everyone,

We raised $18,313 over the course of 8 days. This wouldn't have been possible without your amazing support. Thank you!

We've elaborated how we will achieve our goals on this GoFundMe page. We will now focus on getting the money to Sri Lanka and ensure that it gets to the affected communities that need it the most.

You can monitor our progress in real-time on our public Trello board here: http://bit.ly/Sri-Lanka-United-Trello
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Hi everyone

Your support has been overwhelming! Thank you.

This update is to let you know that we will stop accepting donations on the 1st of May 2019 at 4:30 PM GMT.

We made this decision due to the process of transferring the money to Sri Lanka via iVolunteer. If you know anyone outside Sri Lanka who’d like to donate, please let them know that the clock is ticking.

You can follow our progress in real-time with a public Trello board we have on our website (srilankaunited.com).

If you have any questions for us, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your incredible support. It's amazing to see so many of you from all corners of the world eager to help us rebuild a nation.

From the beginning of this campaign, we wanted to ensure that the money you pledge, creates the greatest impact to help the victims of this tragedy rebuild their lives.

This is why we've chosen to help rebuild the churches and tackle the challenges of providing long-term support to the victims. We've elaborated above what these challenges are and how we will work towards tackling them.

We also formed a partnership yesterday with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Cross. The image attached to this update is from Dr. Mahesh Gunasekara - Director General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.

Thank you for your amazing support.

We will continue to share updates with you as we work towards helping Sri Lanka heal and rebuild.

- Team Sri Lanka United
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