Rs. 400 Mn in donations to RC Church for Easter terror victims

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Roman Catholic Church yesterday provided details of the disbursement of a total of Rs. 400 million in donations received by the Archbishop of Colombo as aid for the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Briefing news media at the Archbishop’s House, Colombo, the Rt. Rev. Dr. J.D. Anthony Jayakody, Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo said: “For the children, parents and relatives of the 168 people that lost their lives during the tragic incidents on Easter Sunday, Rs. 16.8 million have been provided to date.

As an aid for the 356 people that were injured, an amount of Rs. 17.8Mn was provided for their medical expenses, obtaining medical reports, paying for hospital charges and surgeries conducted at private hospitals, and obtaining medical equipment and medicine. Furthermore, for education assistance and social wellbeing of the 354 affected families, Rs. 17 million has been utilized to launch various projects.”
Dr. Jayakody explained that all donations that were received by the Archbishop of Colombo are being actively managed through a relief programme and disbursed via Seth Sarana, the Social Service Arm of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka.He said that the Zion Church in Batticaloa, which was not a part of the Archdiocese of Colombo, was provided with Rs. 10 million for relief programmes for the affected people of that church.

The Archbishop of Colombo has planned a series of future relief initiatives to aid the affected people, Reverend Jayakody also said.

“Rs. 53.1 million has been allotted to purchase land to construct houses for the victimized families with no permanent residence and living on rent while providing Rs. 35.2 million worth of relief funds for the day-to-day living expenses of the victims. An amount of 30.3 million has been allocated for the livelihoods of low-income families and a provision of Rs. 32 million has been allocated for the people disabled by the tragedy to obtain further medical care. Rs. 102.5 Mn will be allocated for the education of affected children up to university admission and to provide a monthly stipend for new-borns up to 5 years.” he disclosed.