Young Women’s Muslim Association (YWMA) President Fawaza claimed yesterday (29) that the current economic crisis has severely impacted low-income families, primarily women-headed households, in both Colombo and the remote rural villages.
Fawaza also invited philanthropists and social service organisations to come forward and help them by eradicating their grievances and providing them with a stable source of income to care for their children and elderly parents without allowing them to fall into starvation.
She went on to say that YWMA, as a volunteer social service organisation, is planning to provide livelihood assistance to such families in Colombo as well as in remote rural villages, in order to improve their living and economic conditions.
Fawaza went on to say that the YWMA has given financial assistance and equipment to start goat farming, cooking food at home for the purpose of selling it, and sewing machines to widows in order for them to earn enough money to survive. These families can now support themselves without relying on others.
As part of its ongoing charitable work, the YWMA has made all arrangements to provide 15 sewing machines donated by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan High Commission in Colombo to selected women-headed families in Colombo and the surrounding areas. The event is scheduled for 31 May (today) at the YMMA auditorium, Sri Wajiragnana Mawatha, Colombo 09.
Pakistan High Commissioner in Colombo Major General Umer Farook Burki will grace the event as chief guest. YWMA core members and High Commission officials will be present.
By Naalir Jamaldeen