The Catholic community of Sri Lanka has mobilized for assistance to poor families and the most vulnerable people, affected by the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 health emergency. As reported to Agenzia Fides, communities, dioceses, parishes, religious congregations, and associations have organized themselves to provide food for poor families during the curfew imposed by the government. In addition, hygiene items, personal protective equipment is provided, and free medical care are offered especially for women, children, and the elderly.
“We have stepped up the interventions in coordination with the dioceses”, says to Agenzia Fides Father Mahendra Gunatilleke, national director of Caritas Sri Lanka. “In agreement with our partners, generous in committing funds in response to this crisis – explains the priest – our efforts go in two directions: helping the destitute with humanitarian aid; building and organizing activities that can serve to mitigate the social impact of the health crisis and preparing for a sustainable economic recovery”.
The current crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic has led to serious socio-economic repercussions. While the Sri Lankan government is gradually lifting the tough restrictions imposed for nearly eight weeks in order to revive the economy, there is still no certainty as to when the disease outbreak will be brought under control.