Relief for Sri Lanka Bombing Victims

$83,396 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,756 people in 1 month
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Created April 21, 2019
To those who have so generously stepped out to support those in need in Sri Lanka, thank you. I am continuing to research the most reliable destination for these funds. Please continue to share this campaign and emphasize the continued need for relief efforts on the ground. It has been 2 weeks since these horrific attacks, and we cannot forgot those who continue to suffer! Our last day for accepting donations will be Friday May 17th.

What Happened?

Today in Sri Lanka on April 21st Easter Sunday a state of emergency has been declared. Six simultaneous bombings have taken place in 3 churches( St Anthony's Shrine, Zion church and St.Sebastians) and 3 hotels( Cinnamon Grande, Shang-Ri La and Kingsbury). The bombings that took place at the churches were targeted towards people congregated for Easter Sunday. The hotel bombings have targeted tourists and foreigners on travels.

Update: The Eighth Bomb has taken place after the six simultaneous ones earlier. The s seventh bombing targeted Dehiwala Zoo while the eighth one took place at a locals home.

The reported casualties are currently 290 deaths and 500 injured.

Who am I?

My name is Ishini Weerasinghe, I lived in Sri Lanka till I was 8 and then moved to Canada where I currently reside. I remember being raised in the war torn country it was, I felt i didn't want history to repeat itself and decided to make a go fund me in the moment. When the tragic event took place I felt the urge to do something about it because it's the home I love and cherish, my heart yearns for my family and friends effected back home. I am also a social media influencer on instagram(@ishiniw) and decided to put it into good use by raising funds and bringing awareness among my following on my media.

Relief Fund

All funds raised, except any GoFundMe processing fees, will be donated directly to the victims of the bombing to help support people affected. To provide general help and support to the families of the victims after this terrible crime. 

The target is set to $100,000, hoping to exceed this goal and distribute funds among the casualties needing support.

The sooner we raise funds the faster we can support the victims affected by the devastating event.

Dispersing Funds

To everyone who has expressed concern about the Minister being the beneficiary for the allocated funds, I have instead decided to partnered with Go Fund Me to find an alternative by looking into organizations together with them. 

Donors, we want you to know your opinions matter and would love it if you would like to share any organizations that you would like us to take into consideration. reliefforsrilanka@gmail.com

I would like to express I am receiving a high volume in emails and will do my best to get back to you.

Please be patient with us!

I will be withdrawing the funds once given approval and with be delivering the funds in increments of $10,000 to each organization to be chosen, to assist Sri Lankans who have lost their loved ones, children who have lost parents and spouses who cant support themselves because of losing there significant others

Thank you to everyone who reached out to help, I believe we have enough people to take into consideration for our team, thank you to those who did apply. For any questions contact reliefforsrilanka@gmail.com !
+ Read More
To those who have so generously stepped out to support those in need in Sri Lanka, thank you. I am continuing to research the most reliable destination for these funds. Please continue to share this campaign and emphasize the continued need for relief efforts on the ground. It has been 2 weeks since these horrific attacks, and we cannot forgot those who continue to suffer! Our last day for accepting donations will be Friday May 17th.
+ Read More
Thank you so much to those of you who have shown your support for the Sri Lankan community and expressed your clear desires to ensure that the money I am raising is used for victim aid. I want to reiterate that I am working with the GoFundMe team to ensure the best path for these funds. For the safety of your donations, all withdrawals are currently on hold until a clear and safe path is determined. I hear and respect your voices, and encourage you to continue to speak out to promote peace. Many thanks again for your support and understanding!
+ Read More
To everyone who has expressed concern about the Minister being the beneficiary for the allocated funds, I have instead decided to partnered with Go Fund Me to find an alternative by looking into organizations together with them.

Donors, we want you to know your opinions matter and would love it if you would like to share any organizations that you would like us to take into consideration. reliefforsrilanka@gmail.com

I would like to express I am receiving a high volume in emails and will do my best to get back to you.

Please be patient with us!
+ Read More
Amazing news!! Sri Lankan State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake is on board. He will personally be dispersing the money to families who have lost loved ones, aid children who have lost parents to support their continued education and provide homes for them. This includes spouses who have lost their significant others and can't support themselves and family at the moment as well. The Minister and I have discussed once I have been approved for withdrawal we will withdraw the first $40,000 to immediately start assisting these families, and once more funds come in we will disperse another $40,000.

I apologized to anyone who feels this was not the most professional manner to campaign. I started this campaign 2 hours after the the event happened with a heavy heart and the urge to take action. I just new I had to start fundraising in the moment regardless having an organization or not, and then research the best sources to disperse the funds through in the upcoming days. I apologize if this may have concerned you being a donor.

Unfortunately I have to wait 5 business days for the funds to be approved to be withdrawn and dispersed.

I have also been trying my best to get back to many people as possible on emails, but unfortunately I am only one person and believe it was more important finding the right beneficiary for the funds first, I hope you understand. Please be patient with me. Thank you to all who have trusted this campaign thus far.

PLEASE CONTINUE SHARE THE CAMPAIGN AND SUPPORT SRI LANKA KINDLY!!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$83,396 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,756 people in 1 month
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Created April 21, 2019
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
EF
$20
Emma Farrell
3 days ago
JM
$7
Jasiga Mahalingam
4 days ago
$10
Matthew Iannone
5 days ago
$10
Anonymous
5 days ago
$200
Anonymous
6 days ago
WT
$5
Wesley Tomlin
7 days ago
SH
$5
Sarah Hopkins-Weaver
7 days ago
DS
$25
Dilini Seneviratne
7 days ago
AP
$10
Anushka Perera
8 days ago
$5
Anonymous
8 days ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.