In Athulugama, an hour from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, stands our beautiful GiveLight Home. In partnership with AAM Marleen Foundation, we built this sanctuary for 60-75 children. The complex also has a free medical clinic, a vocational training center, community services hall, and a mosque.
The architect who designed this home is renowned in Sri Lanka and he put so much love into this work. Dian spent a blessed time with our kids in summer 2014. Please read her account here.
The project was launched in June of 2010 when a generous family from Sri Lanka donated a 20,000 square feet land to GiveLight Foundation. The land is located in Athulugama, Panadura, about 1 hour from Colombo.
Time line: View Gallery
- Land was donated by family - June 2010
- Dian, our founder travelled to Sri Lanka to formalize partnership - July 2010
- Land identified and project inaugurated - July 2010
- Raised $90K of required funds for construction cost - August 2010
- Obtained Government permit - November 2010
- Groundbreaking Ceremony- March 2011
- Final Blue print approved by the Sri Lanka Government.
- Home construction began - May 2011
- Grand Opening - March 2013
Inside Our Home
Our kids’ ages range from 7 years to 13 years old. They attend public schools because we want them to integrate with the community and not feel isolated. We hire private tutors to teach them English and Quran. We have a live-in cook, a nanny, and a loving retired couple who fulfill the role of being father and mother to the kids. We have strict rules that there is no spanking and shouting and that each child has to be treated with love and dignity.
The boys enjoy cricket, chess, and going to the beach. We are fortunate that one family from Australia is sponsoring a quarterly outing.
We want to ensure that each child has a sponsor and that each sponsor will be able to see the long term impact of their contribution. We will send the child's bio and artwork, and if the sponsor wishes to, they can communicate with the child. It costs $1000/year per child to cover the whole living expenses of food, snacks, clothes, shoes, plus education, medical, private tutoring and pocket money.
We don't help a child for a month or two but we help them for life by giving them a loving home, long-term care and education until each child finishes college.
Please join us in this beautiful journey of giving light!