GE Foundation Announcement Humanitarian Relief Grant to Support Sri Lankan Families

The GE Foundation today announced a donation of
US$25,000 to Chrysalis, a Sri Lankan charity organization, to help with humanitarian relief in
response to the current economic situation. The donation will aid in providing food security
and financial assistance to approximately 950 households in the most vulnerable
communities, including the Mullaitivu District in North Sri Lanka. Specifically, the donation
will provide food ration packs to 650 families and cash grants to 300 households to meet
immediate needs in accordance with humanitarian standard/SPHERE standards and
standards established by the local government. Food ration packs will include flour, dhal,
rice flour, soya, sugar, coconut oil, and salt to help families for at least one week. The cash
grants will support access to medicine, health services, transport, and education needs.
“The GE Foundation is proud to partner with Chrysalis to help hundreds of families in Sri
Lanka during this difficult time,” said Linda Boff, President, GE Foundation, and Vice
President, GE.
“We hope that this contribution will aid in bringing stability and relief to the select
communities in Sri Lanka. We aim to ensure that the necessary resources reach the target
communities in a timely manner,” said Mahesh Palashikar, President and CEO, GE South
“We have close relationships with community leaders, especially women leaders and local
authorities that enabled us to understand critical needs and respond effectively via existing
networks. The support from GE Foundation will enable us to address urgent needs and plan
for medium and long-term needs together with communities. We greatly appreciate the
timely support from GE” said Ashika Gunasena, CEO Chrysalis.


About Chrysalis
Chrysalis focuses on empowering Women and Youth, as they are the leaders and drivers of
change and transformation, required for Sri Lanka to fulfil its potential. Efforts are made to
understand the diverse and multiple challenges they experience, that prevent them from fully
participating in the country’s development and growth. We develop innovative solutions to
change the status quo and promote inclusive economic growth and increase the voice and
participation of women and youth. Chrysalis is working in seven out of nine provinces
covering fifteen districts in Sri Lanka and implementing various development, recovery and
emergency projects targeting primarily women and youth from diverse religious, ethnic, and
social classes with sixty expert and experienced staff based across the country. Chrysalis is
CARE International’s Affiliate in Sri Lanka.

About GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, an independent charitable organization funded by GE, is committed to
transforming our communities and shaping the diverse workforce of tomorrow by leveraging
the power of GE. Through Next Engineers, we are increasing the diversity of young people
in engineering. In our hometown of Boston, we are working to improve workforce diversity,
attack the opioid crisis, and drive STEM education in public schools. We are also inspiring
others to act by connecting GE people with communities through our Matching Gifts
Program and Disaster Relief. The GE STAR awards provide financial support to eligible
children of GE employees for their achievements. Learn more
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