City of Hope Orphanage
Panadura, Sri Lanka
Current phase of support:
6 Double Orphans
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Panadura is the most populated city in the Kalutara District of western Sri Lanka.
10,700 SQ. MILE 181,724 POP.
Located off the coast of India, the country of Sri Lanka only recently emerged from a 26 year civil war, during which time they also experienced the tragedy of a major tsunami in 2004. Ever since emerging from the war, the country's government has tried to work towards economic recovery. As of 2014, nearly 90,000 people were still internally displaced as a result of the conflict, creating widespread poverty and homelessness. Sri Lanka is also currently dealing with the issue of trafficking, as it is a major source country for human trafficking of men, women, and children. The unstable society makes it even more difficult for children, who are often exploited and abused.
"City of Hope is offering hope to children who never even knew what the word meant." -Richard Baker
Beginning in 2005, plans were made to build an orphanage in the heart of the Kalutara district. For years, they prayerfully gathered resources and asked that God would complete the work He had begun. Finally, an organization came alongside and helped fund the completion of the home. By 2009, City of Hope had altogether more than 10,000 square feet of facilities to care for orphaned children. Today, City of Hope is home to more than 50 boys and girls. The home has become a place known to protect and provide for the hurt and wounded children of their society. City of Hope was originally called Kalamusu Kadella, translated “the nest of many colors.” It is a fitting title. This home is much like a nest, where children from wildly varying circumstances can come. In this nest, they are well cared for. They are nurtured back to health. And, most importantly, they are loved.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
4 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Because of the pressing issue of poverty, many children are abandoned by their parents.
City of Hope has taken in many children who suffered from horrible abuse in their previous homes.
Natural disasters in Sri Lanka have led to a wide number of displaced people; City of Hope is bridging the gap for those children with nowhere to go.
The Worldbank estimates that 6.7% of Sri Lanka's population is living in poverty.
The compound contains 9 buildings, which function as dorms, offices, a kitchen, a chapel, and a place for some of the staff to live. The boys' area needs some updates to build a wall on the side of their dorm. City of Hope currently owns a van, but it is in urgent need of repair that the current funds won't allow. Please consider providing relief to this home in the form of transportation. With a recent incident where lightning struck the house, the home is also in need of a lightning rod to prevent that from happening again and harming the children.
The home farms its own plot, providing food for the children. The home has a source of clean water, but they often experience power cuts for days at a time, hindering that source. The children eat 3 meals a day of mostly curry, chicken, rice, and vegetables. The caretakers still wish to provide the malnourished children with additional snack between meals. A counsellor tends to the children's emotional health, and their work would be greatly supplemented if the home was able to buy a therapy room.
The ultimate goal of the home is to provide a place where children can grow up to be Godly, law-abiding, self-supporting citizens. All of the children at City of Hope go to church and have their own Bible. As our COO Richard Baker commented on a visit to the home, "City of Hope is giving hope to children who never knew what the word meant. Fifty one children who never knew Jesus now do. That is amazing!" Please be in prayer for this home, as they seek to be a light in a country that is predominantly Buddhist.
Children at City of Hope attend a public school, which they ride a school bus to and from. At the beginning of the new school year, they must pay school fees as well as purchase paper, uniforms, backpacks, shoes, lunch boxes, and water bottles. Please consider giving these children the supplies they need to go to school and receive a quality education they may not receive else where.