40 days since the flood waters receded in the North, families in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu are still struggling to rebuild their lives and return to normalcy. With over 125,000 acres of cultivation land destroyed and over 20,000 livestock lost, the biggest struggle the families face right now is recovering their livelihood.
The floods affected over 120,000 families in the North. Out of the 10,000 families who were affected in Mullaitivu, over 3,000 are women-headed. Since the war, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi also have a large aging population and a significantly high number of people with disability making it more difficult for them to find work.
In an effort to equip and empower families to rebuild and restore their lives, World Vision has organised a pop-up sale at The Bayleaf on 9th February, in collaboration with emerging start-ups. Gift Love: To Remember, Rebuild and Restore will run from10:00am to 4:30pm.
Minimal Simple, Amberry, Shoe Lace Studio, Aphrodite Designer Wear, The Moon And All Its Stars, Eco Kadé, CK Green – Pathra, Blossoms, Foodie Goodies and Design Warehouse will all be at the pop-up sale and will be contributing a part of their sales towards programmes to support families affected by the floods. Products available for purchase will include miniature plants, body and bath products, wood-wear accessories, eco-friendly products, lounge wear, string and wall art, home décor, stationery and designer wear.
World Vision’s immediate emergency response reached over 3,000 families.
The funds raised at the pop-up sale will be used in World Vision’s long-term recovery response plans for 4,000 identified families in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts.
The recovery response focuses on livelihood recovery, water, sanitation and hygiene, and health and nutrition. Disaster risk reduction will also be high priority in the long-term recovery in making these vulnerable communities disaster-ready.
So, treat your loved ones to a meaningful gift this Valentine’s and support families to rebuild their lives.