2017 Flooding Disaster Appeal for Donations
Posted on May 29th, 2017

Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, Inc. 1847 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019

May 28, 2017

Dear Friends,

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst flooding and mudslide disaster in recent memory.  As a result of these natural phenomena, as of today’s date, over 500,000 people are homeless, and approximately 200 people have lost their lives.

We at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara have always done our part when it comes to alleviating suffering in our Motherland.  Please open your hearts and wallets and make a generous donation to a relief fund we have joined with the Derana Television Station in Colombo.  One of our resident monks, Ven. Kalabululande Dhammajothi is in Sri Lanka, and he will be working with Derana to make sure the donations we receive are put to immediate and best use directly where they are needed the most.

Send your contributions to the temple, and we will forward them on to Bhante Dhammajothi.  Ven. Kalyanawansa and Ven. Seelaratana will be coordinating these activities.  Remember that your donations are tax deductible.

We thank you in advance for your generosity.  May you have the Blessings of the Triple Gem.


Walpola Piyananda

11 Responses to “2017 Flooding Disaster Appeal for Donations”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Thank you for coordinating the collection of funds for this relief work.

    But, where is the information on the bank account to which funds can be sent?

    Without that information we are unable to respond to your appeal. Please see up a website with a credit card/paypal/bankaccount link for money donations.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    More Sri Lanka Flood Relief Contacts for Expatriates

    1. Sampath Bank, Bambalapitiya Bank
    (provided by Derana tv youtube video)

    2. http://www.kapruka.com/contactus/donate

    I have used Kapruka.com for relief donations before and they are very reliable.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    My FINAL RECOMMENDED LIST of FLOOD RELIEF Contacts for Expatriates:

    1. Manusath Derana

    Account Holder: Manusath Derana
    Account Number: 0011 1000 9530
    Bank Name: Sampath Bank
    Bank Swift Code: BSAMLKLX
    Branch Code: 011
    Bank Address: Sampath Bank, Bamba apitiya, Col 4

    2. Non-Profit Foundation of Kapruka.com (upto $1000)

    3. Ministry of Disaster Management
    Disaster Relief Account

    Account Name: Disaster Relief Fund DST
    Bank Name: Smmpath Bank
    Bank Swift Code: BSAMLKLX
    Beneficiary: Govt of Sri Lanka http://www.cbsl.lk
    Branch Code: 001
    Account Number: 1029 6000 2000 (LKR)
    5029 6000 2000 (USD)
    5029 6100 2000 (GBP)
    5029 6400 2000 (JPY)
    5029 6600 2000 (AUD)
    5029 6900 2000 (EUR)

    4. Round Table Sri Lanka RTSL
    Flood Relief 2017

    Account Name:Round Table Sri Lanka
    Bank Name: National DEvelopment Bank NDB
    Bank Swift Code: NDBSLKLX
    Bank Account Number: 1061 1018 5847
    Bank Address: NDB, Nawam Mawatha Branch,
    Bank Phone: 075 739 5566
    eMail: info@rtsrilanka.org
    Mention name in the reference, email a copy of deposit slip

    Much more information can be found at:

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oops! The Kapruka website name should read “kapruka”

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ooops! The Kapruka website has to be accessed via “kapruka.com/donate” and NOT from kapruka.com/contactus/donate as I have stated above. SORRY!

  6. Lorenzo Says:


    That is not the place to donate.

    This is the correct link.


    Or go to Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara ——-> SOCIAL SERVICES ——–> CHOOSE DONATE FROM THE LEFT SIDE PANEL.

    Write SRILANKA FLOOD in description. Don’t donate to Burma and other places.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    My list of recommended places for expatriate donations is still awaiting release by the LankaWeb editor because it has active Weblinks! Hopefully, it will be published soon.

    I made my donations to Manusath Derana via Sampath Bank (funds only) and both funds and goods via “Kapruka.com/donate”. I avoided donating directly via the Ministry of Disaster Management of the disastrous Yamapalanaya.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    A very large number of families in Sri Lanka have lost everything in the floods. They have lost their homes, all of their possessions including furniture, clothes, cooking equipment, and the books and schola supplies essential to the continued education of their children.

    While the GOVERNMENT will help each family in the FULLNESS of TIME, the NEEDS are URGENT. They need HELP NOW and CANNOT WAIT until the slow wheels of government machinery unstick itself and begins to function. Each affected-family needs FOCUSED CONTINUOUS HELP NOW!

    I think it would be a good idea for GENEROUS WELL-TO-DO SPONSORING FAMILIES in Sri Lanka to ADOPT one or more FLOOD-AFFECTED-FAMILIES in Sri Lanka, and help them RECOVER from this MONUMENTAL DISASTER.

    Such helping families can maintain a focused level of help thst would be impossible to achieve by an impersonal government bureaucracy.

    I propose that an organization such as the YMBA in collaboration with Buddhist Temples that know both the well-to-do people and those needing assistance in each community should do this in collaboration with the media organizations that gave already done yeomen service such as Manusath Derana, Sirasa and Hiru TV.

    Once such an organization is quickly setup, the first step should be to CREATE A LIST of the participating Temples, and make a PUBLIC MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT for SPONSORING FAMILIES to volunteer and sign up to adopt flood-affected families in their neighborhoods. Then, each SPONSORING FAMILY can be paired with specific FLOOD-AFFECTED- FAMILY thus avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort while assuring that those in need get the needed help.

    I am convinced that such a API-WENUWEN-API PROGRAM would be the VERY BEST WAY to ensure that no family in need is left behind without SOME HELP and SOMEONE to turn to in their hour of need.

    I plan to do this by myself in collaboration with one or more Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka in the immediate future, irrespective of whether this suggestion is implemented by others.

    However, a SYSTEMATIC Nationwide Program is what is really needed. Once established, it could become a MODEL for coping with FUTURE DISASTERS.

    I also believe that this would be GREAT WAY to promote the UNITY of our NATION and ALL OF OUR PEOPLE leveraging the unfortunate pain and suffering this flood has caused, at a time when the common people are feeling ABANDONED by a PROFLIGATE and UNCARING government.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Ananda,
    Many thanks for the list of donation points for Flood Relief.
    Truly helpful for those abroad.

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    Dear Fran,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I was amazed at how difficult it was to find reliable places to donate money and send goods, and felt that we shoul share the results of our research and experience through LankaWeb.The govt was very late in setting up its operation.

    I expected Arpico to set up a donation site, but could not find one, until Anjalika kindly posted her article with the correct Weblink. I think Arpico was also late in starting their site and was behind Derana and Kapruka that has a standing charitable foundation going. The beauty of the Manusath Derana-Sampath Bank option is that the money went directly to Derana, in the forefront of the relief work, to buy and deliver goods as needed.

    Now, the emphasis is shifting from donating food to donating other items like cookers and kitchemware, clothes, shoes, bedding, medicines, furniture, lsmps, schoolbooks etc depending on what they have lost and need. Many have lost everything they have accumulated over many years.

    I plan to send about 100 LED Lanterns with a Lithium Ion battery that can be recharged by turning a hand crank. It is quite large and not a toy, is a great device that would be very useful for kids to study in rural homes when power fails. Hopefully, Sri Lanka Customs won’t charge me customs duty on this flood relief item.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Way to go, Ananda !
    You and your family are true PATRIOTS ! Heartfelt Thanks.
    It is important to send Relief funds to trusted sites only.

    We too have sent in funds for Flood Relief.
    Have also supported a destitute Army family for many years and also Orphanages, plus other charity work.

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