The 21st of April was meant to be a peaceful day. But this peace was shattered when terrorists struck with 8 bombs that killed over 200 people and 500 more injured. Those that committed this atrocity aimed to divide this nation. They failed and we as a nation will rise up stronger than before.
Sri Lanka United is a collective of startup founders. We want to help Sri Lanka heal and bounce back from the deadly bombings on Easter. As tech entrepreneurs, we want to use our skills to help seek funding and ensure it gets to where it’s needed. By doing so, we aim to help rebuild the communities and the lives of the victims of these devastating attacks.
We’re joining hands together to help rebuild the communities and lives that were shattered on this dark day. To do so, over the coming days we aim to collect $15,000 for this cause. More importantly, this money must get to where it’s needed the most to create the greatest impact. There are many initiatives to help rebuild the affected churches and Sri Lanka United will offer these initiatives assistance as required.
The deadly bombings have shattered families. In many cases, the families have lost their breadwinners. Sri Lanka United aims to support initiatives that help these families find a livelihood, help children resume their studies, and rebuild a normal life.
Tragedies like this leave both physical and mental scars. It’s challenging to deliver long-term care to the victims, especially mental health support.
It’s imperative as a nation that initiatives are taken to heal any rifts between its diverse communities. This will undoubtedly take time. But Sri Lanka United is determined to support these initiatives to help Sri Lanka heal.
We aim to create a hub where you can find more information about relief efforts by other organizations & support them by providing funds to meet any immediate needs as required.
In order to help them do this they need your support - you can donate to this important cause here: https://t.co/Jmt0RTd3mS and there is more information available @srilanka_united. #SriLankaUnited 🇱🇰— The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) April 23, 2019
Hello everyone — anyone interested can support the rebuilding efforts in #SriLanka using this link: https://t.co/Hx3Sqo7oQw— Nipuna Ambanpola (@NAmbanpola) April 23, 2019
If you need more information about the specifics, visit the website: https://t.co/8I05xDYUQU
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I know the folks running this, they're trusted people. Among others, @dulitharw of Alakazam and @kavindya_T of Without Borders (but who needs no introduction).— Yudhanjaya Wijeratne 🌀 (@yudhanjaya) April 23, 2019
Foreign donations for rebuilding: please direct here. #lka https://t.co/aaRVJvmDng
We are a global people. Please consider listening donating to a fund brought to my attention by @NAmbanpola and hosted by #SriLankaUnited to rebuild and support the family and survivors of the recent terrorist attack in #SriLanka. https://t.co/jtNkgjwxIN— BenBisbee (@benbisbee) April 23, 2019
The answer to that is no. Only the emergency needs are met. We are working with partners on the ground as well as with other efforts to contribute across.
We will be recieving the funds to Sri Lanka from a 501(c) organization in the US. That also means that we and our partners will have to provide audited reports of every money to the US government.
We are in discussion with an audit firm in getting them as a partner to provide full transparency.
Well we are not an established charity at the moment (we are looking to establish ourselves looking at the legality in Sri Lanka right now). However we are a group of entrepreneurs who have put our companies on the line (the companies are listed above) and we are working to genuinely do good for the people. This charitable work is not a business for us because we have our own.
May 30th, 2019
GoFundMe released the funds, and we are waiting for the fund transfer from the US to Sri Lanka to complete.
May 09th, 2019
We initiated the process to withdraw funds from the GoFundMe page.
May 04th, 2019
We reached Colombo Friends In Need Society to discuss making donations towards prosthetic limbs for those who are affected by the bombings.
May 03rd, 2019
KPMG came onboard as an independent observer of the fundraiser.
May 02nd, 2019
We met the director general of Red Cross to discuss operations related to disbursing funds.
May 01st, 2019
We raised $18,000+ and stopped the fundraising campaign.
April 28th, 2019
We met Fr. Lawrence to donate $5,000 towards rebuilding churches.
April 25th, 2019
We raised $10,000.
April 24th, 2019
We raised $5,000.
April 22nd, 2019
Startup founders of Sri Lanka got together and formed a coalition named "Sri Lanka United" to raise funds and created a GoFundMe page.
April 21st, 2019
Easter Sunday terror attack claimed 250+ lives and left 600+ injured.