Susantha Kumara is pictured with his wife Shiroma DeSilva and their two children Sulakshi Amasha and Ashan Sanjula. They share a dilapidated house built of wattle and daub in Beligalla, Mahiyanganaya, in Sri Lanka. The house is on the verge of collapse.
Sasantha Kumara struggles to feed and support his family by selling boiled gram. Rampant inflation has resulted in skyrocketing prices for his raw material and his turnover has dropped to a mere 5 Kg of boiled gram per day.
The families featured above are currently next in line for funding from your kind donations. Whilst we are delighted to receive sponsorship for a particular family from a single donor, we appreciate that we cannot donate as much as we would like at a given point in time. Donations of any size are more than welcome, and we are currently allocating pooled donations to fund the construction of a house for the family featured above. When and if the amount you donate takes us ‘over the top’ for the featured family appeal, we’ll automatically allocate the balance to the next family in line waiting for assistance.
If you would like to make a more substantial donation (for example, the entire cost of a house), please contact us to confirm the donation status of the families featured above or inquire about the next available family.
Whatever you decide, the poor families appearing on these pages will be extremely grateful for any help you can spare.
The cost of building a house has now increased to Rs 950,00.00 as a result of rampant inflation but the costs in dollars continues to be mitigated to some extent by the fall in the Rupee. The cost to build at current exchange rates is approx $4600.00 *
If you are able to travel, we encourage you to attend the opening ceremony for your family’s house. We can advise how long construction is likely to take, and Fr Dilan will personally meet with you to introduce you to the family you have helped, and show you the house you have built.
See our “A word from past donors / sponsors” page for comments from people who have donated, and been able to make the trip to open their family’s new house.
* as of 25th March 2022 – exchange and constructions rates are liable to change, and this estimate may be updated from time to time. Exchange rates have been fluctuating wildly in the last few weeks.