The pictures above are of Ashan Maduranga and his wife Shayamallie Dilini with their three beautiful children Christan Mario (8 yo), Rishmi Shenya (5yo), and the youngest Ashangya Fernando aged 3. The dwelling shown in the picture above right is the house that they currently rent.
Ashan comes from a poor family that was unable to provide him with a decent education, but he has managed to acquire some welding skills that he uses to provide for his family to the best of his ability. The family has worked hard to buy a small block of land but he is unable to afford the cost of construction of a house after the costs of feeding and educating his children. The gift of building a new home for this family will transform all their lives forever by releasing the cost of rent which can be allocated to the education of the children, as well as the boost to their self-esteem and social standing in the community which comes from living in a decent house.
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 are not all able to 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 $5200.00
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 at March 2021 – exchange and constructions rates are liable to change, and this estimate may be updated from time to time.