CURRENT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
Grace Home | School Sponsorship Program | Residential Care Program 1 | Akkarayan Tutoring Centre | Pre-School and Feeding Program | The Christmas Gift Project | Centre for Differently Abled Children |
Grace home was established in 2009 to care for 10 girls who had been abandoned in a refugee camp, with HON facilitating sponsorship for their day-to-day needs and education. In April 2014, HON arranged for the girls to be moved from their local village school to a school offering better educational opportunities and boarding. HON continues to provide funds for this group of girls, who are progressing well in their studies.
School Sponsorship Program
We began this program in 2018 following the success of the support for the Grace Girls to be accommodated and educated in a school offering a better quality education than the one they would receive at their local village school. There are many children from disadvantaged backgrounds whose school and boarding fees we are sponsoring. We encourage sponsors to keep in contact with their sponsored children through HON. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact us.
Lakshmi, 16, represented the district in netball, and wants to become a lawyer.
Residential Care Program 1*
This home was established in 2005 post-tsunami to provide care for girls who had lost one or both parents. There are currently 15 girls in this home whose daily needs are funded by HON. A community education program is run out of this home to support disadvantaged children in the local villiage, which is also funded by HON.
Akkarayan Tutoring Centre
This tutoring centre was built in 2016 by Rotary Burwood in partnership with the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, and facilitated by HON. It supports the education of disadvantaged children in the remote community of Akkarayan, enabling them to gain access to the same facilities and opportunities as children in more well-supported city areas. There are currently over 200 children attending the centre, which is overseen by our partners on the ground (Child Action Lanka). Children are taught English, Maths, Science, Computers, Languages and Social Studies. HON provides ongoing support to fund teaching staff, resources and maintenance of the centre.
Pre-school and Feeding Program*
This pre-school caters to approximately 60 children of shanty-dwellers in the vicinity. The children are given two meals as part of the program. The aim of the program is to encourage learning and prepare children and families for the discipline of attending school daily, as they come from backgrounds in which this is not the norm. It also ensures that young children are in a safe environment during the day so that their parents can earn a daily wage.
The Christmas Gift Project
This project began 20 years ago in 1994 with 20 gifts for children in 1 orphanage in Sri Lanka. Today, Help Orphans Now continues to provide gifts at Christmas to nearly 3500 children in orphanages around the country, irrespective of the child's race or religion.
Centre for Differently Abled Children
The Centre for Differently Abled Children was started in March 2021 to look after and improve the wellbeing of differently abled children in the Kandy District. The centre provides day care facilities for 20 children aged 5 -18 years, allowing their parents to go to work and providing the children with age- and capacity- appropriate educational training and life skills. The children are cared for with the help of a rehabilitation specialist. HON's contribution to the funding of the centre commenced in July 2022.
*Some identifying information regarding the homes has been witheld for the protection of our kids. If you would like more detailed information about these projects, please contact us.