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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Muslim Aid Sri Lanka hosts global humanitarian event

Enhancing disaster response and preparedness for a more resilient future - a crucial initiative by Muslim Aid Sri Lanka and UK

In a significant humanitarian effort, Muslim Aid Sri Lanka, in collaboration with Muslim Aid UK head office, recently organized a global event that brought together delegates from various countries, including Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. The event aimed to strengthen disaster resilience, promote transparency and accountability, address climate change challenges, and discuss strategies for sustainable development. The gathering featured esteemed guests, keynotes, and presentations, highlighting the achievements and future aspirations of Muslim Aid’s humanitarian and development programs.

Collaboration of Muslim Aid Sri Lanka and Muslim Aid UK

The event commenced with a warm welcome note from Muslim Aid Sri Lanka Country Director Faizer Khan, who shed light on the commendable achievements of Muslim Aid’s life-saving humanitarian and transformational development initiatives in Sri Lanka. This collaborative effort between Muslim Aid Sri Lanka and Muslim Aid UK marked a milestone in fostering international cooperation and solidarity to address humanitarian challenges on a global scale.

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Strengthening Disaster Resilience

Sri Lanka Director General The keynote speaker, DMC Sri Lanka Director General Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Sudantha Ranasinghe, lauded Muslim Aid for organizing the timely event and acknowledged its significant contributions to humanitarian and development efforts in Sri Lanka. He highlighted the vital role of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and stressed the importance of agencies working in tandem with the DMC to enhance disaster resilience and emergency preparedness. Furthermore, he encouraged countries in the region to share experiences, lessons learned, and best practices for mutual growth and development.

Emphasizing Transparency

NGO Secretariat Director General Sanjeewa Wimalagunarathna commended Muslim Aid for its continuous support in humanitarian and development programs in Sri Lanka. He emphasized the need for NGOs to work transparently and accountably while carrying out their programs. He particularly stressed the significance of developing the primary education system in the country, where NGOs like Muslim Aid could play a crucial role in contributing to its improvement.

Intersection of Faith and Humanitarian Efforts

Goodwill Ambassador and ACJU General Secretary As Sheik Arkam Nooramith shared his personal journey of building a relationship with Muslim Aid. He beautifully elaborated on how humanitarian and community development programs can be connected to different faith perspectives, fostering inclusivity and understanding among diverse communities. He also emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in humanitarian and development organizations.

Addressing Climate Change Challenges

A-PAD Sri Lanka Country Director Firzan Hashim highlighted the impact of climate change and discussed strategies to overcome its challenges. He emphasized the need to enhance preparedness and build partnerships with the private sector for sustainable economic recovery and resilience. His insights shed light on the importance of climate-focused initiatives for a sustainable future.

Legacy of Humanitarian Impact

Muslim Aid UK Global Programs Manager Sam Cook traced the 33-year history of Muslim Aid and its evolution into a prominent global humanitarian and development actor. He highlighted the organization’s plans to strengthen its humanitarian capacity to address increasingly complex challenges faced by vulnerable populations worldwide. This presentation underscored the continued dedication of Muslim Aid in creating a positive impact on a global scale.

Reinforcing Disaster Response and Readiness

Muslim Aid UK Humanitarian Programs Manager Asif Shahab emphasized the significance of the workshop in continuing Muslim Aid Sri Lanka’s effective, timely, and inclusive disaster response and preparedness program. This commitment serves to strengthen disaster management in Sri Lanka, reflecting Muslim Aid’s vision of building resilient communities.

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The global humanitarian event organized by Muslim Aid Sri Lanka in collaboration with Muslim Aid UK was a resounding success, bringing together delegates from various countries to foster international cooperation for sustainable development. The event’s discussions on disaster resilience, transparency, climate change, and capacity building shed light on the essential work being done by humanitarian organizations to uplift vulnerable communities worldwide. With such dedicated efforts, the future holds promise for a more compassionate and resilient world.