Munidasa Echoing Transformative Power of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Initiative

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Image: Munidasa in front of his newly constructed vegetable plot

“With the sum of LKR 75,000 that was given to us, we were able to recover from the financial crisis we have been facing,” Munidasa (78) shares, his voice resonating with relief and gratitude. The funds became the cornerstone for their journey towards stability and security.

In the serene countryside where generations have tilled the land with rich paddy, Munidasa from the Homagama area in the Colombo district and his family weathered the storms of life with stoic resilience. But when adversity struck and uncertainty loomed large, it was the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) that stood as a beacon of hope, offering unwavering support and a lifeline to a brighter future.

As part of SLRCS’s Livelihood Development Initiative, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Munidasa and over 2,000 families received a conditional cash grant of LKR 75,000, transforming their lives and restoring hope in the face of hardship.

For Munidasa, the impact was profound. “It is huge for us, and a lot of things in our lives change because of it,” he reflects with gratitude. As traditional farmers grappling with financial uncertainty and medical challenges, the cash grant provided not just financial uncertainty and medical challenges, the cash grant provided not just financial relief but a renewed sense of purpose.

Munidasa’s own struggles with illness and his wife’s (75) recent diagnosis of cancer added layers of complexity to their already challenging circumstances. Yet, amidst the darkness, SLRCS emerges as a guiding light, offering support and solace in their time of need.

“When I was building my vegetable plot, they helped me a lot, and at one time, they even saved my life,” Munidasa recalls, his voice tinged with emotion. The compassionate intervention of SLRCS not only aided in their economic endeavors but also provided vital support during moments of crisis, underscoring the profound impact of their work.

Through tailored training programmes and continuous guidance, SLRCS empowered Munidasa and others like him to build sustainable income sources, fostering a sense of self-reliance and resilience within the community. “Now we have a continuous income flow, and we can live freely,” Munidasa remarks, his words echoing the transformative power of the initiative.

Yet, amidst the gratitude and newfound stability, Munidasa’s thoughts turn to the collective strength of his community. “This programme is really good, but our people need to be stronger,” he reflects somberly. In his call for unity and resilience, Munidas epitomizes the spirit of solidarity and perseverance that defines their journey towards a brighter tomorrow.

In Munidas’s story, we find a testament to the transformative impact of SLRCS’s initiatives, and a reminder of the power of compassion and community in overcoming adversity and building a better future for all.

(Written By: Meleeza Rathnayake; Assistant Manager – Reporting and Communications)