Kaleidoscope Let’s Talk with Dr Tara De Mel on Hunger Dear Friends of Kaleidoscope Below is the link to the interview I did with Former Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Tara De Mel who is leading projects to ensure that children, especially the young ones, get a midday meal.  There are at least one million children in Sri Lanka deprived of a midday meal due to the economic crisis.  Sri Lanka currently has the second highest malnutrition rate in South Asia. I would appreciate if this email can be shared among friends and family.  Any contribution we get to keep our children from going hungry is very appreciated.  It’s this midday meal that encourages them to come to school and it’s this midday meal they will probably have as their only meal for the day.  Please give generously. Account details below. Link for the interview:  https://youtu.be/SPjcRlk2wDo With greatest thanks ...

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Sri Lanka Situation – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Website – www.Doctorharold.com Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days, minister Kanchana Wijesekera says Sri Lanka’s fuel stocks will last five more days, its power and energy minister said on Thursday (Jun 16), as the island nation awaits official confirmation from the Indian government for a new US$500 million credit line for fuel. “We are struggling to get fuel supplies due to our forex issues, and the government is working to manage existing stocks of diesel and petrol until Jun 21,” the minister told reporters. “We are finding it very difficult to meet demand, and stocks could run out faster if we do not cut back on non-essential travel and stop hoarding fuel.” “We expect a petrol shipment within the next three days and another two shipments in the next eight days,” he added. Sri Lanka is waiting for official ...

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School meal program in Sri Lanka-Rise Up Sri Lanka is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis with extreme inflation and shortages of essential items including food. Schools in Sri Lanka are noticing a decrease in the attendance of students, particularly in schools located in areas that are severely impacted by this economic crisis. One of the main reasons attributed to this attendance decline is lack of availability of food. Rise Up School Meal Program (https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpMeals) is collaborating with Dr Tara De Mel (Former Secretary, Ministry of Education , Sri Lanka), to provide a mid-day meal to students of schools located in certain underprivileged areas of Sri Lanka. Simultaneously schools will be encouraged to develop ‘food gardens’ to sustain the school meal program. The project currently cover15 schools with 5 schools each from Maha Oya Education Zone – Ampara District (Eastern Province) Deraniyagala Education Division- Kegalle District (Sabaragamuwa Province) ...

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 SRI LANKA CAN  QUICKLY BOUNCE BACK IF SRI LANKANS WANT IT – by N.S.Venkataraman Sri Lanka has a population of   slightly more than 22 million.  Sri Lanka’s population is reported to have an adult literacy rate of  more than  92 percent , which is above average by world and regional standards. Computer literacy is more than 30  percent and website users  are  reported to be more than 32  percent of the population.  Certainly, Sri Lankan society  can be considered as .well informed one , as education plays a major part in the life and culture of  Sri Lanka. In such circumstances, people around the world , who have knowledge about Sri Lanka’s history, culture and tradition , are taken aback to see the type of violence that is now sweeping the country ,  which have made many people wonder as to how Sri Lanka would come out of the present crisis. In ...

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Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lankan PM resigns amid economic crisis Photo Source: indianexpress.com Source:bbc.com Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government’s handling of the economic crisis, officials say. Disclaimer: Kindly note articles such as this are reported based on the original source’s content, and we at eLanka cannot validate the accuracy of the content in whole or part thereof of this article. This is the reason the original source is linked above.  The move came as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo. At least 78 people have been injured in the violence in the capital, a local hospital says. There have been protests over soaring prices and power cuts since last month. The island nation is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. The government has requested emergency financial ...

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