ECONOMYNEXT – Cash-strapped Sri Lanka, bracing for a possible food crisis amid a crippling foreign exchange shortage, has received 1,000 metric tonnes of rice donated by Chinese citizens to distribute to Sri Lankan students.
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka tweeted on Wednesday morning, June 29, that 44 containers of rice arrived in Colombo Port, the contents of which were handed over to the Ministry of Education.
Quoting the ambassador, the embassy said that Sri Lanka’s vulnerable population, especially children from low-income families, are suffering the most from the island nation’s current economic crisis.
“China supports Sri Lanka’s school meals program to provide daily nutritious meals to 1.1 million children in 7,900 schools across,” he said.
Two more shipments of rice donations will arrive in the first and second weeks of July, and more are in preparation, the embassy said.
“China will make every effort to maintain Sri Lanka’s school meals program for at least six months,” he said.
The Embassy is also discussing with the Ministry of Education the provision of school uniforms to Sri Lankan students in the new school year, she added quoting the Ambassador. (Colombo/Jun29/2022)