A Good Night’s Sleep
While visiting Kandy, my friend Anura introduced me to a children’s home called Singithi Sevana, which means Children’s Rest. The home provides residential care for 2-12 year old orphaned and needy children from Sri Lanka’s Hill Country.
Presently, Singithi Sevana is home to 32 children, all of which attend the local state school. The younger children attend a preschool conducted by a trained preschool teacher that is held within the Home premises. In addition, the children are given extra lessons in English, Math and Music.
On touring the home, I was so impressed by the high standards of maintenance and cleanliness for the classrooms and living areas, particularly the kitchen and washing up areas which were designed specifically for the children. In addition, Singithi Sevana has a composting project and a 2-acre garden that helps feed the children, as well as generates additional income.
A day or two after my tour, I visited with Manel Wejesundera, whose husband founded the home. As a doctor at a local hospital, he saw children being abandoned by mothers who could no longer care for them, so he created Singithi Sevana as a safe place for the children to be raised.
While talking with Manel in her home, she mentioned that the children’s beds needed new mattresses. Remembering that Singithi Sevana actually means “Children’s Rest,” I thought this was the perfect donation! So the GoErinGo! Fund has donated $600 to buy new mattresses for the children. Yay! It makes me so happy to help provide a good night’s sleep for all!
Interested in knowing more? Check out their web site at: www.SingithiSevana.org. You too can help support Singithi Sevana by donating:
- $30 a year for school text books
- $30 a month for extra milk, nutritional food and clothing
- $150 a year for pre-school scholarships for children
The home also needs help to build a playground fence and retaining wall, as well as help funding transitional vocational training for the older teenage girls. Write to the home for donation details, including U.S. fiscal sponsor information (Sahaya International based in Davis, CA) so U.S. donors can receive a federal tax deduction: http://www.singithisevana.org/contactus.php.
Update: Manel mentioned that the price of mattresses had gone up so that not all the children received a new one — want to help? Buy at mattresses or two! Thanks friends!
This entry was posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 and is filed under Hot Orgs.