The horrifying Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka in 2019 left deep scars in the hearts of the nation. Among the most affected were the survivors who lost family members and sustained injuries in the attacks. In the aftermath, a wave of support, compassion, and resilience emerged to help these individuals rebuild their lives in Negombo and Batticaloa. Through the provision of medical equipment, housing, medical support, and education, these communities have embarked on a journey to uplift lives and nurture hope.
The Easter Sunday bombings, which targeted churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, resulted in tragic loss and devastation. Negombo and Batticaloa were among the hardest-hit areas, and the survivors faced physical injuries and the emotional trauma of losing loved ones. However, what followed was a remarkable testament to human resilience and unity.
One of the first steps in the healing process was the provision of medical equipment and support. These communities rallied to provide access to necessary medical supplies and treatments for the survivors. Rehabilitation and medical care became a symbol of hope for the wounded, helping them regain their health and independence. We donated medical equipment to Negombo and Batticaloa Hospitals worth over ONE MILLION Rupees.
Rebuilding lives also meant providing shelter and a sense of security to those who lost their homes or were displaced as a result of the attacks and couldn’t pay their house rents, or families with injured members who had fewer or no facilities to keep them under medication at home. Through local and international support, projects were initiated to give these survivors a safe and stable place. Over 130 victims received help in various ways, such as building houses, bathrooms, refurbishing houses, and more.
Education emerged as a cornerstone of this recovery process. Many survivors, including children who lost parents in the bombings, were provided with educational opportunities. Scholarships, tuition support, and training programs were established to offer a brighter future and a chance to rebuild their lives with dignity. We sponsored 19 students for 12 months of education, with a total worth of 30+ million rupees completed.
As these communities continue to uplift lives and nurture hope, they remind us all of the power of compassion and unity in the face of adversity. Even in the darkest of moments, there is a path to healing and renewal.