Hi all, hope you are doing well. Today, I’m going to tell you about a way you can help Sri Lanka, more specifically some weak little hearts. ‘Little Hearts’ foundation is a project initiated by ‘Sri Lanka College of Pediatricians’ with the support of generous Sri Lankans. The goal is to gather funds for the construction of Lady Ridgeway Hospital’s (pediatric hospital) proposed ‘Cardiac and Critical Care Complex’. The estimated cost for the total project is 2 Billion LKR (approx: 13 Million USD). Visit the website of the campaign here.
Lady Ridgeway Hospital is the only government hospital dedicated to child care in Sri Lanka. It is said to be one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the world, with the bed capacity of over 900 beds. Despite the fact that it is a huge hospital, thousands of children have to be on the waiting list for critical cardiac surgeries and other critical treatments due to heavy number of patients. Normally it would be months, but in the worst case, they can even be left to wait for years to get their treatment. The saddest thing is, many of them couldn’t hold until their turn comes up.
”Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) is the only tertiary care referral centre for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and other critical illnesses in the country.”
Little Hearts Foundation
Further, according to their website, congenital heart disease (CHD) is the main cause of infant deaths in Sri Lanka. The main focus of this Cardiac and Critical Care Complex is expanding the capacity of treatments for congenital heart disease.
By proposed project, we can reduce the waiting time and provide timely access to treatments for all the children. But the thing is, if the normal governmental procedure is followed, it will take years or a decade for the project to be completed. That is where the Little Heart foundation has been formed to fundraise the project to ensure the quick implementation of the project. Obviously you know that receiving timely treatment will definitely increase the chances of recovery of those little hearts.
For more details of the project, please visit the ‘About us’ page of the Little Hearts website.
How Can We Help?
So the goal is to gather the required funds as soon as possible and implement the project. You can contribute in two ways to this noble cause. You can either donate to the project or join the cause to fundraise. Both ways you are helping to give a life to a child. Both Sri Lankans and foreigners are kindly requested to contribute to this cause as much as you can. Since it is a massive target, Sri Lanka will need international help, obviously.
As of 03/08/2017, the total raised amount is 150 Millions LKR. The goal, 2 Billion is still so far away. With the amount of 500 Million the construction can be started. So we are 350 Million short for that milestone. Again, all you kind hearted people are requested to contribute your fullest for this noble cause.
For Sri Lankans and foreigners who are in Sri Lanka at the time, there are plenty of options to donate to this cause. But for those who are not in Sri Lanka has to donate via a credit card. You can contact the website for more details.
Many celebrities, players, organizations and businessmen have joined the cause to fundraise the project. Renowned players like Dilantha Malagamuwa (a racing driver) work around the clock to promote this fundraiser.
Just like that, thousands of people are contributing to achieve this goal. We also can contribute, right?
Finally, watch this video, it will tell you a serious story.
If you need to have further information or if you have any queries, please feel free to ask. See you in the next post.