Thilak and Family
Thilak Rathnasari (55) and his wife Renuka share a mud dwelling with their 15 year old daughter Tharushini, who is still at school.
The family live in Buttala which is one of the poorest villages in Sri Lanka. Fr Dilan has asked for help to build a house for this family as Thilak’s health issues are affecting his ability to support this family. Thilak has relied on casual work as an unskilled labourer but is finding his health and advancing age a disadvantage in competing for available work.
We normally focus on families with multiple small children but please also spare a thought for those that are ageing and lose all hope of a reasonable future.
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 at current exchange rates is approx $5400.00 *
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 September 2021 – exchange and constructions rates are liable to change, and this estimate may be updated from time to time.