What We Do
Helping children in Sri Lanka since 1990
Has dedicated over Two and a Half Million Dollars for charitable work in Sri Lanka, and has provided:
- Support for a Home in Mount Lavinia for underprivileged children, caring for up to 85 children at a time, over the past twenty-six years
- Complete support for a Home for approximately 20 children in Pesalei in the Mannar district for children from the northern refugee camps
- Support for a Home for 25 children in Poovarasamkulam in the Vavunia area for chilren whose fathers have died in the war
- Support for a home for unwed mothers in Poovarasankulam
- Support for over 100 destitute children, throughout the island
- Assistance to 500 families affected by the Tsunami; in addition to much needed emergency aid immediately after the Tsunami; and the construction of 13 houses in the Hikkaduwa area
- Restoration of wells contaminated or damaged in the war, in Kupilan North and Poonalikattuwan North, in Tellipallai, Uduvil, in the Jaffna district
- Nutritional support for 100 patients (children) afflicted with cancer, throughout the island; assisting over 400 patients since the inception of the program
- Daily food programs for approximately 600 children from the slums of Colombo
- Support for a center in the Seeduwa area providing meals, transportation and tutoring to approximately 100 children
- Meals for 200 children at a deaf and blind school in Jaffna
- Support for children's homes in Moratuwa
- Monthly assistance to students and needy families with small children
- Assistance to slum and street dwellers
- Funding for seven life saving heart surgeries for children in need
- As well as numerous other projects including housing and construction, and infrastructure development assistance
A SUMMARY OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
- Arrupe Children’s Home in Poovarasamkulam (on the Chettikulam Road, North-West of Vavunia). This is a girls’ home providing refuge for approximately 25 children whose fathers have died in the recent war. We provide for their complete support in excess of some small local donations.
- Home for unwed mothers and babies, also in Poovarasamkulam. These mostly young women – some in their teens – have been subjected to rape or been taken advantage of by men befriending them. Many, displaced by the war, have been subjected these conditions. The babies are adopted. The mothers live at the home with the babies until the child is adopted. We provide for complete support for approximately 20 to 30 mothers and babies resident at any given time.
- Samata Sarana Kindigoda Branch. This center, west off the Colombo-Negambo road at Seeduwa, in a remote hamlet, provides breakfast, transportation to and from school, a snack for school, lunch after school, and tutoring, to approximately 100 children from the nearby hamlets. We provide for the complete support of the center.
- Jeevanie Children’s Home in Moratuwa. We provide partial support for this home for girls, currently in transition. We have supported this home for many years.
- Bethany Child Development Center in Moratuwa. This home provides a refuge to approximately 20 to 25 children, mainly girls, but also about five boys, from the streets of the Colombo area. Their parents are drug addicts or prisoners, and the children have been abandoned with no one to care for them. This home cares for them through completion of education until they are able to sustain themselves.
- Cancer patients. We provide support for 100 cancer patients (almost all of them children) in their own homes throughout the country, with ongoing nutrition, through CandleAid Lanka, a volunteer driven organization in Sri Lanka. We continue to do so until they are back healthy or succumb to their illness. We have supported over 400 patients through this program.
- Clarendon Children’s Home in Mount Lavinia. The three-story dormitory was completed and is occupied. We have provided the use of our home and all of the facilities with a current capacity for 76 children for the past 26 years.
- Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind in Jaffna. This school provides services to 200 children, including food - 150 of them are residential. Some of the children have lost their sight or hearing as a result of war injuries. Some have other physical injuries from the war. This is a branch of the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind in Ratmalana, a renowned institution, and is administrated in Ratmalana. We are funding the meals at this location, bridging the deficit of meal costs in excess of donations received for meals.
- We have constructed a small school room in a remote area on the Putlam-Mannar road (through the jungle). Students in this remote impoverished area are tutored in English, Mathematics, Computers and Music, where resources are scarce. We have sponsored older students for more advanced vocational training in office skills, computer software and English.
- Patients with Leprosy. We provide support for 25 children in families affected by Leprosy. This helps the children’s sustenance, helps the families and enables the children to progress in spite of the stigma and drawbacks.
- The Clarendon Children's Home is being remodeled and convereted to serve children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism.
- We provide daily lunch to over 100 children in Gajabapura in the Mulativu area where those in 'border areas' were displaced during the war and have now returned to their original home areas. These children from impoverished families almost rely on this mid-day meal for their sustenance, and it has greatly improved attendance, performance and participation in after school activities.
We continue to explore other needs. All of our expenditures are accounted for and we require adequate accounting and ongoing information and communication from those entrusted.
With your continued help, we can do more
(Contributions are tax deductible. 100% goes to our projects - NO administrative costs)
More information on our programs is available upon request
Please call (562) 924-1463