Sri Lanka Economic Crisis Response Fund

Support local relief for vulnerable populations affected by the current economic crisis

LocationSri Lanka

Issue AreaDisaster

Tax benefit eligibilityUS, AU

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SITUATION UPDATE: September 2022 

Sri Lankans continue to face difficulty in  access basic needs due to the unavailability of goods. Food insecurity is severe, and the condition worsens due to increased unemployment, lack of health facility support, and the skyrocketing price of essential items. 

The inflation rate has reached   critical high numbers which is leading towards an  alarming economic collapse of the country. Even though the Government has sought a bailout from the IMF, a quarter of the population continuously struggles for basic supplies and nutritious food. The communities are also still facing the Covid-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka has been facing acute shortages of fuel and other essential needs for months. This condition has impacted its livelihood, job availability, healthcare system, medicine  supply, education, social welfare, and child protection.  

Current Needs 

Some of the needs identified are as follows: 

  • Essential needs (basic food and non-food items) 
  • Children nutritious food 
  • Family financial support 
  • Essential medical supplies 
  • Child protection 
  • Some of the long terms that need to be considered would be psychosocial support, education, gender-based violence support, agricultural and livelihood support, and economic recovery programs 


Lanka Jatika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya Inc. (Sarvodaya)

Lanka Jatika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya Inc., also known as Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement (Sarvodaya) is the largest and most broadly embedded community-based organization in Sri Lanka. Sarvodaya seeks a no-poverty society in Sri Lanka through an integrated, holistic approach to development, including spiritual, moral, cultural, social, economic, and political development. Today, the Sarvodaya Movement has a proven history of exceptional accomplishments, a strong organizational structure with 26 District Centers, and a formidable outreach that encompasses 15,000 villages across Sri Lanka.

Guided by Sarvodaya’s purpose to ‘Build a just, sustainable and a compassionate social order that fulfills the basic human needs of the community through individual and collective awakening’ and its decades of experience in facing a crisis, Sarvodaya has vigilantly weighed the importance of immediately interfering in three different ways in responding to the looming crisis. In the short and mid-term, Sarvodaya’s initiative and response to the crisis will ensure food security and safeguard vulnerable children and communities in carefully selected geographical locations. Parallelly Sarvodaya will implement a national-level media to sensitize and inspire the public, utilizing mass media and social media inspiring people to help each other at this time of crisis. In the long run, Sarvodaya will be looking at mid and long-term solutions to ensure these communities are resilient to the economic pressures and shocks and will be introducing fitting programs in the scope of conscious- regenerative economics.

HelpAge Sri Lanka

HelpAge Sri Lanka is a charitable non-governmental organization established in 1986, working for and on behalf of disadvantaged senior citizens in Sri Lanka to improve their quality of life. HelpAge’s mission is to raise awareness and ensure that people in Sri Lanka understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to healthcare, social services, and economic and physical security. HelpAge Sri Lanka has had extensive experience in humanitarian responses since 2005, since its response to the Tsunami.

At present, the country’s situation is alarming, and many elders are suffering due to the crisis. HelpAge Sri Lanka has completed Mobile Medical and Eye Camps covering a few parts of the country and planning more camps to serve the vulnerable elders in many parts of the country. One of the major issues is the short supply of medicines for the sickly people. The Partner also plans to distribute food and non-food packs to the affected community.


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