The ‘Senehe Siyapatha’ initiative continued its second phase of relief efforts at the Kolonnawa Balika Vidayalaya last week, with the distribution of shoes and socks to school children who were severely affected by the recent floods. Thousands of affected children from 33 schools in the Colombo and Gampaha districts will receive footwear worth over Rs. 8 million from the ‘Senehe Siyapatha’ initiative, comprising the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, Dialog Axiata PLC, Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. At the event, 674 children received the handout under the auspices of Media Minister, Gayantha Karunathilaka and Deputy Media Minister, Karunaratna Paranawithana.

Dialog customers were invited to donate Rs.50 towards flood relief efforts, and Dialog tripled the donation by adding Rs.100 thereby donating Rs.150, collecting Rs. 50 million within a week. Customers donated Rs. 14.9 million to the initiative, whilst Dialog Axiata added Rs. 35.9 million.

The disbursement of funds and actions of the ‘Senehe Siyapatha’ initiative are independently audited by Price Water House Coopers Sri Lanka, with the report published on