Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: IDP emergency appeal

News and Press Release
Originally published
Humanitarian effort at a "breaking point" - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

In the past months, more than 100,000 Sri Lankans have been displaced from their homes in the violence-riddled north-east. "Every day, families are arriving at the IDP camps in Vavuniya. They have not eaten for weeks and are in poor condition. Most of them only have the clothes on their backs," says Thamil Thanabalasundaram, Sewalanka Foundation's North Regional Director. "Until last week, the government and NGO sector were catering to 70,000 IDPs but last week nearly 60,000 people arrived. Everyone is trying their best, but feeding 130,000 people three times a day is a huge task."

Sewalanka Foundation is multiplying its emergency response efforts to this crisis. We need your support today to meet the ballooning demand for food, shelter, non-food relief items and water at the IDP camps.

Even the smallest donation goes a long way:

- A US$150 donation covers the clean water needs (hygiene, cooking, cleaning, hydration) for a family of four for one week.

- A US$50 donation provides new clothing for a family of 4-6 people.

- With a US$25 donation, you feed an IDP for an entire week.

- US$10 provides clean drinking water for one person for more than a week.

We appreciate the support you have shown for Sewalanka's work in the past and we are asking you to contribute again to this emergency relief effort. Sewalanka is on the ground working directly with the individuals affected by this crisis. Your funds will make it possible to address a most urgent need and have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of families. Thank you.

How to Donate:

Sewalanka Foundation has established a dedicated bank account for donations to the Sewalanka Foundation IDP Emergency Appeal. Individual and group donations can be made in person at any HSBC Branch or transferred electronically to the account below:

HSBC Bank Account

Account Name: Sewalanka Foundation

Account Number:005-01-4089-001

Account Type: Current

Swift Code: HSBC LKLX

Bank Branch: HSBC Nugegoda

Bank Branch Address: No.171 Nawala Road, Nugegoda

If you are in the US or UK, please contact us at for information on tax exemption. Financial and progress reports will be shared with all supporters.

How is the money spent? Your money will be used to purchase food supplies to provide IDPs with high-calorie food packets, non-food relief items such as clothing, buckets, basic hygiene supplies and other items necessary for daily life, and to support our efforts to transport clean water to the camps and run food programs.

Is my money going to be used correctly? YES! Sewalanka has more than 15 years of experience delivering high-quality programs and relief activities in Sri Lanka. All money donated to the Sewalanka IDP Emergency Appeal Fund is kept in a dedicated account and monitored from our head office. All expenditures from this account will go towards supporting our emergency relief efforts in the north and we will continue to deliver programs through the fund until it is exhausted.

For more information on the emergency appeal to support families displaced by war in the north, please contact For information on other initiatives, please contact

*Update* May 3, 2009 - Sewalanka staff donate two-and-a-half trucks' worth of supplies for IDP response (water bottles, milk powder, topical medicines, biscuits, etc.) Emergency team packaged the materials into 140 sets for children and 860 for elderly IDPs. Estimates are that 100,000 more IDPs will arrive in the next three days.