By Ashoke Raj Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe hailed Indians living in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka known as the Colombo Expats Cultural Association (CECA) and their efforts towards the crisis-hit country during the COVID pandemic and economic fallout.
During his speech, President Ranil Wickremesinghe highlighted how CECA has helped Sri Lanka in its darkest moment by bringing light to the lives of underprivileged children during the crisis situation. He appreciated CECA’s continued involvement and commitment to Sri Lanka. “I have to say I was following your activities. So all I can say is that in a moment of darkness in Sri Lanka, you are one of the lamps that have been lit,” the president said. Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Moreover, Wickremesinghe also highlighted how Sri Lanka and India share a similar culture in the region. “India and Sri Lanka are two sides of a coin and although the two countries have their differences in culture and religion, there are commonalities,” President Ranil said.
Recently CECA organized a cultural event and a fashion show on the occasion of Diwali. During the event, the President of Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay participated in making the event more memorable. During the crisis in Sri Lanka, in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Expatriate Cultural Association (CECA) donated dry rations worth SLR 80 million to the Department of Probation and Correctional Services. child care. CECA completed this massive donation from start to finish and ensured that the entire dry ration was delivered to the orphanages with a personal touch.
“CECA embarked on a massive food donation campaign when it received a request from the Ministry of Children’s Probation to support orphanages struggling due to the economic crisis. CECA developed a strategy to support 10,600 children in 300 orphanages with 100 days of dry rations including rice, pulses, potatoes and onions,” CECA said in a statement. People in Sri Lanka have again protested against high taxes, inflation and perceived repression. by the state in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis in seventy years, resulting in shortages of food, medicine and fuel. The island nation’s worst economic crisis in seven decades has led to a foreign exchange shortage that has blocked imports of essential items such as fuel, medicine and fertiliser. (ANI)
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