Commitment to Humanitarian Response
Sri Lanka provides the globe with a cautionary tale of the sensitivities surrounding operations in a conflict affected environment beset by opposing constructs of nationalism and a state determined to maintain control over the nature and direction of humanitarian response. Through decades of protracted conflict, a failed peace process, a massive natural disaster response, and the recent comprehensive military defeat of a proscribed terrorist organization by government forces, the past decades have been one long slow learning curve for humanitarian involvement in Sri Lanka. The relationship between the state and the international humanitarian community of donors and aid agencies has often been fraught with tensions and misunderstandings. These dynamics have impacted upon the space in which humanitarians have been able to operate and their access to conflict and disaster-affected communities.
For the Don Bosco Society which has reached out to the vulnerable communities through humanitarian response in times of calamities in Sri Lanka has gained experience and got over its drawbacks. It has garnered its expertise in rendering humanitarian aid and is now placed well to extend and respond to the humanitarian emergencies too. Therefore, we commit ourselves to immediately respond in a professional way to any humanitarian emergencies in our geographical locations through efficiency and effectiveness. We ensure that our rights holders are able to recover from the impact of such disasters enabling them to continue leading a life with dignity.