Monday, July 20, 2009

HSBC pledges Rs.4.1mn to assist IDPs

HSBC pledged Rs 4.1 Million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), to assist the displaced civilians in Sri Lanka’s North and East.
The funds will be utilized for the procurement of non-food relief items such as bed sheets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, towels, slippers and clothing for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North and East, said a UNHCR press release issued in Colombo.

The agency is currently focused on supporting the Government of Sri Lanka with responding to the needs of some 280,000 persons displaced in parts of the north in the last several months, with the ultimate objective of ensuring their safe return home.

Chief Executive Officer HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives, Nick Nicolaou also appreciated the ongoing efforts undertaken by UNHCR in managing the current humanitarian situation.

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