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Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Response to Easter Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

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Ambassador Rohde and Dr. Mahesh Gunasekara, Director General SLRCS signing the contract with Mr. Gerhard Tauscher, Operation Manager, Mr Jagath Abeysinghe (President SLRCS) onlooking, © Embassy

21.06.2019 - Article

Aiding families of the Easter Sunday attack victims

The Germany Embassy in Sri Lanka is backing the “Sri Lanka Red Cross Society” project for enhancing community resilience with 50.000€. The project is aiming to offer support to the population affected by the Easter Sunday attacks by tackling different dimensions of the issue. One part will include staff and volunteer training on fostering social cohesion and reconciliation in order to prevent rise of interethnic anxiety and potential violence. Furthermore, medial camps will be implemented to facilitate unmet medical needs, as well as the distribution of unconditional cash grants of 30.000 LKR for affected households over two months. Another part of the project will focus on self-help groups for affected people, in order to guide them through recovery, and additionally, community and school resilience activities, which encourages interethnic dialog and actions to strengthen the cohesion between the groups. The third dimension addressed is going to involve social re-integrational support for people with disabilities, as well as especially skilled cultural fairs for people whose lives have changes due to disabilities.

During the whole project care-takers will be supported psychologically through coaching sessions. Materials for awareness campaigns, such as posters or flashcards, will be provided and child-parent-teacher activities are going to be intensified.

 

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