The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of its members and well-wishers continued providing emergency relief assistance to people affected by natural disasters in 2017 as well. The Chamber provided dry rations and water bottles to families affected by the collapse of Meethotamulla garbage dump and provided financial assistance to 3 homeless families to obtain houses on rent for one year period. The Chamber also provided emergency relief assistance by way of dry rations, water bottles, clothes to tea small holders and estate workers in Ratnapura District affected by floods and landslides in May 2017. The Chamber is now in the process of constructing permanent houses for 3 families in Bulathsinhala DS Division, whose houses were completely destroyed by the floods and landslides at a cost of Rs 3.75 Mn using donations as well as Chamber’s own funds.

 

The Chamber has been appointed as a member of Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP), which was founded through partnership between Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for improving the preparedness and emergency response to disasters in Asia by strengthening humanitarian leadership and technical capacity of National Governments and Local Humanitarian Organizations so that they can lead and better engage in the humanitarian framework. The focus countries of APP at present include; Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The goal of Asian Preparedness Partnership is to improve the preparedness and emergency response to disasters by strengthening the interface between the government and local humanitarian organizations and enhancing capacities through partnerships, information exchange and knowledge resources, trainings, and networking opportunities.