Children of Maligawatte reach out to children of the north

By Madhushala Senaratne

The raging conflict in the north has left tens of thousands of people homeless. Among them are scores of children, the most vulnerable group . Children of the Holy Childhood Society of the Catholic Church in Maligawatta have taken the initiative to collect money to buy milk powder, bed sheets, education material, biscuits and other relief items for displaced children.

Working under the slogan ‘children for children’, over 80 children walked from door-to-door and shop-to-shop in the Maligawatta area collecting money last week.

“We had hoped to buy these items and send them to the north. However, since it is hard to transport goods, we will be taking the money to Mannar, buying the items from there and then distributing them to the displaced children in areas in Killinochchi and Mullathivu,” Maligawatte Parish Priest and Archdiocesan Director for Missionary Activities, Fr. Malcolm Perera said.

Last Sunday, the first day the children of the Holy Childhood society walked the streets of Maligawatte, they succeeded in collecting Rs. 47,000 followed by Rs. 31,000 on the second day.

“Help us to help our brothers and sisters in the north,” says Iresha Fernando (13) one of the oldest members of the society. “There are thousands of children, just like us in the north, many of them have lost their families, their loved ones. They have no money and they have no one to look after them. Help us to help them,” she appealed.

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