2011 Report from Orphanage Project Manager

In 2011 our website has played large part in some of the activities at the Orphange as reported by the Project Manager. I will sumarise these below.


a) Sophie Robson and Lucy Orton spent one week at St. Andrews with the two children’s homes, last December.

b) In April-May, Lena Johe came for one month to St. Andrews.

c) In July, Soren Molineux and 2 other friends did a delivery of 3 shirts per student, to 70 children in our homes.

They have discussed providing similar support next year and I am waiting to hear back about that. Please visit this site, they have a number of photgraphs and a writeup.

Smile Clothing Sri Lanka. from Smile Clothing on Vimeo.


d) Peter Danby and team – this is the group who was to go to SOS villages-the team of 4 spent one week at St. Andrews but also at

St. Johns Boys Home

They primarily worked with the kids through sports.  They have committed to returning next year. www.saok.org.uk

Please visit this site too for more photographs and possible future projects.

Peter Danby is putting together a small group interested in working with projects on us -particularly in our educational and vocational training work. Peter is visiting in October, and has made contacts with a local architect, to discuss with our VTC about alternate construction methods in building class room facilities.  We are hopeful that this will help us to develop both the VTC and our educational programs. Peter is exploring to see what other  supports can be developed through this.  He is also itnerested in developing the sports facilities at St. John’s Boys home.

e) 3 other young voulnteers came for 2 weeks in June and worked with the kids at St. Andrews and St. Johns.

Dr. Darshan Ambalavanar, the Project Manager says “In short, the connections your website and your club has developed for us have been extremely helpful. In the short instance providing children with a variety of people to interact with, and in the long term with other possible partners and friends.  We have been keen to emphasize to the volunteers, and especially to Peter with the follow up work, that we are keen to build relationships and not merely funding sources, and that we hope people will come, if possible repeatedly and develop their own ties with local communities and projects.”

 “So please thank the Shrewsbury Lions club on our behalf and please do continue to forward volunteer links to us.  We are keen to develop some facilities in the north, including the Wanni, where we can host volunteers and if those can be developed we will inform you of that, so that you can post that there.”

In addition the Shrewsbury Lions Club sponsored an “After Schools Programme” to the value of £1100.

£35,290 raised since 2003

So far £35,290 has been donated to various projects since the inception of this initiative in 2003. The donations have been used for different purposes some of which are listed below.

  1. One of the nutritional eeding centres of the St. John’s mission is olely maintainenutrional-centre in Batticoloa, Sri Lankad by donations from this initiative. Between 25-30 children are given three meals a day.
  2. The Girl’s home is Gangodawilla has had the kitchen and all the shower rooms totally refurbished.
  3. The same Girl’s home also acquired some essential kitchen utensils by using donations from this initiative.
  4. So far more than 8 sewing machines have been donated to the Widows Empowerment project.

    Sewing Machines for the Widows Empowerment Project

  5. The Printing shop in one of the Vocational Training Centres is equipped with the help of a grant from LCIF, Lions Club International Fund and donations from this initiative.
    Sri Lankan donated printing press

6. Shrewsbury Lions club is sponsoring an “After School Programme”  at Mallavi starting in 2011

Click here to view donations so far.

Report From Joseph Vos – Nutritional Feeding and Vocational Training Centres

Dear Trevor,

I am sorry that I haven’t been able to write to you before. Due to the fact that I was hosting my friend Herman with his friend and was showing him the orphanage that he is supporting, we were busy every day and all my time went into that, so that I could allow Rev. Jeyanesan to attend to urgent matters concerning the running of all the projects under his care. Rev. Jeyanesan had been away for about a month, visiting the US and Canada, so upon his return he had many things to attend to. Rev. Jeyanesan shared with me about his contacts with you and asked me to help him with keeping in contact with you while I am here in Sri Lanka.

Read more…

Shrewsbury Lions Club to support After School Programme

Following on from  2010 initiatives proposed by the Project Manager of St. John’s Mission in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, Shrewsbury Lions club has decided to support one of the After School Programmes for a period of one year at a total cost of roughly £1044. This is in addition to the Kiran Nutritional Feeding Centre that is being supported with your donations. The Project manager has been informed of this decisions and he should be sending us a brief on the programme sometime in the near future.

Shrewsbury Lions club is now registered as a charity, as such donations to the Sri Lankan Orphanage  are eligible to claim gift aid.

New initiatives in 2010

In 2009/2010 some changes were made to the structure of the original organisation. Presently The Church of American Ceylon Mission is running the following programmes

Children and Youth Programs

The Church of American Ceylon Mission’s primary focus is on helping children and youth from economically marginalized and war hit communities in the North and East. Poor communities are badly affected by the lack of quality primary education for their children, as a result of which their children fall behind at an early age and that becomes a critical factor in perpetuating the poverty trap.

We build our work around a number of programmes, Early Child Care Programme (ECC), After School Programs, Children’s Homes (Orphanages), and Special Arts Programs for children and youth. As these centres take root in their communities, they become community centres around which other support programs such as community education and livelihood projects are run for the adults.

 Early Child Care Centres

The ECC’s provide pre-school learning and nutritional support for children. They also enable rural women who work with a place to leave their children during the day.  These centres provide the nutritional support needed and the early learning required helping these children have a good start when they enter primary schools.

Funding formula.  Rs.18,000 per child per year.  (approx £105) or Rs.1,500 per month (£9) per child.  This amount covers all costs for the centre, from nutritional feeding, annual uniforms, staff salaries, staff training, and admin costs.

Funding Support Needed.

Batticaloa District

In the Batticaloa district the CACM supports the following centres: Koppaveli, Kithul, Karadiyanaru, Kiran, Kalkudah, Raloddai, Kirimichchai, Kunjankulam, Mathurankernikulam and Omadiyamdu.

We currently require support for 60 children.

Donors can contribute the support needed for smaller units of children such as: 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 or the full number of 60.


The CACM currently supports the following centres: Poovarasankulam (25,x), Rajendrakulam (20,x), Maravankulam (45, x) , Kalmadukulam (15), Mallavi (45) , Kottaikattiyakulam (30,x) Jeyapuram (60), Akkarayankulam (35), Vannerikulam (30,x) , Anaivilunthanulam (40,x), Murikandy (55, x), Bharathipuram (30,x), Konavil (35,x), Murasumoddai (50,x), Mannar (15, x) and Murippu (60).

The numbers next to each centre indicate the number of children currently at each centre. The x indicates that the centre requires funding, partially or fully.

The total number of Wanni children currently needing funding is 375 and we would like to expand that number to 500 for 2011 as the need and request for support in the Wanni is very high.

Donors can contribute the support needed for smaller units of children such as: 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 or a full centre.

Donors can indicate if they would like to support a particular centre or we can allocate their contributions to a particular centre.

 Jaffna District

The CACM supports the following centres: Oori – Karainagar, Kudaththanai, Malvam, Alaveddy, and Chavakachcheri.

The number of children needing support is 150.

Donors can contribute the support needed for smaller units of children such as: 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 or a full centre 60.

Donors can indicate if they would like to support a particular centre or we can allocate their contributions to a particular centre.

After School Programs

After school programs are based in the communities where we have day care centres.  They provide further support for children and youth from these communities and provide critical support to strengthen their education.  Most of them go to schools with limited number of teachers and facilities and the after school supports play a key role in furthering their educational opportunities.  The primary goal is to provide extra tutoring in key subjects such as Tamil, Maths, English and Science.  We also seek to provide leadership development and soft skills training for youth.  At one such program in Kudaththanai, in the Jaffna Peninsula (near Nagercoil), 23 students have entered university in the last several years with the help of this program.

These cost Rs.30,000 – 40,000 (£175-235) a month.

Current Programs: Jeyapuram, Mallavi, Visuvamadu – Wanni; Oori-Karainagar, Kudaththanai – Jaffna; Mathurankernikulam, Karadiyanaru – Batticaloa.

Centres Needing Support: Kudaththanai – Jaffna, Visuvamadu – Wanni.  We would like to open more centres in the Wanni at the sites where we have early child care centres.

Donors who are interested in supporting such programs can specify the location where they would like to support a program.

Children’s Homes (orphanages)

These are homes for children without parents, or from homes that are not safe or healthy spaces for them.  The Children’s Homes, in addition to providing a safe place to live, also provide them with access to good schools and an opportunity to lay the foundation for their adult lives. These homes are located in the Wanni and the Batticaloa District.

The homes we currently run are: Boys Home (60) –Batticaloa, Girls Home (30) –  Periyaneelavanai, Boys Home (30) – Periyaneelavanai, and a Girls Home (30) – Vavuniya.

Costs: Rs.6,000(£35) per child per month. The costs cover meals, clothing, studies, home materials, staff salaries.

Sponsorship Needs: We are currently looking for sponsors for all 150 children and  we would like if possible to increase the number of children supported in Vavuniya as it is a centre for children from the Wanni

Donors can support a ranger of children from 1, to units of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 or the full number of one home.

 Special Arts Program for Children and Youth

Creativity is central to all learning processes, particularly to that of children.

Part of the diminishment in the quality of life and learning of poor children is the lack of access to the creative arts as a part of their school experience.  Their schools often do not have such programs and their parents lack the finances to support them participating in such programs where they are available.  Most teaching methods also follow rote learning and do not enhance the creative capacity of the children.

In order to provide poor children with access to the creative arts, and to stimulate their learning, we provide regular programs for children in rural communities that integrate theatre, music, painting and creative writing.  The programs are run by university trained instructors and merge modern methods with traditional art forms.  A particular emphasis is on valuing and stimulating the traditional art forms of the children’s communities, and to help strengthen their sense of self-respect and pride in their community.

Support Needed:  The projected cost for this program which will be run in the Batticaloa region is Rs.50,000 a month or (£290).

We are currently seeking donors who can support the full cost of the program or at least a significant part of it.

Centre for Handicapped Children

The CACM currently supports a centre for 18 mentally disabled children at Periyaneelavanai. They are provided transport to and from the centre.  They are taught basic academic skills, and are also helped to develop their social skills. The families are also supported as they do not have to provide care for the children during the day.

Support Needed:  The centre costs Rs.50,000 a month to run. (£290).  We are looking for donors who can help to meet the full cost of the program or at least a significant part of it.

Cost of Buildings/infrastructure

In the Wanni all our infrastructure was destroyed or severely damaged.  As a result early child care programs and after school programs are run from temporary sheds.  There is a need to rebuild permanent buildings for these programs. 

Day care centre and after school centre.                                 £5,000 – 10,000

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has taken over from Rev. Jeyanesan as the new Project Manager of the under the Church of the American Ceylon Mission. These projects are in various parts of the island,  Nuwara Eliya to Jaffna, Mannar to Batticaloa, ranging from relief to rehabilitation, vocational training to farming, children’s programs to elders homes.Prior to this he was in Toronto as a settlement worker assisting new immigrant families to settle and find work in Toronto. A large part of his time was devoted to youth related programmes.

From 1991 to 2006 he gained various educational qualifications from Princeton Theological Seminary to a Doctorate with Harvard University.  His original degree was gained from the University of Reading in the UK. He authored a number of publications during this period. Over the years he has gained much experience which he will find valuable working with the projects he is involved with now.

E-mail: darshan.ambalavanar@gmail.com

Please consider contributing to one of these projects.

How To Donate

Lisa’s half Marathon for fund raising

Lisa Thevarajah, my Daughter-in-Law (the one in the middle) recently completed the Bath Half Marathon.

Lisa Austin runs bath half marathon for Sri Lankan orphanage appealShe was sponsored to raise money for the Widows Empowerment Project. She managed to raise £165, this money has already been sent to Sri Lanka where it will be used to buy two sewing machines . This would help to sustain two families by enabling them to earn a living.

A big thanks & well done to Lisa.
9th August 2009

Funds raised by Lisa Austin for Sewing Machine for the Widows Empowerment Project

Two families have now been given sewing machines.


Latest from Sri Lanka June 2009

Photographs of the children in the Nutritional Feeding Centre we support

Orphans from Sri Lanka Orphans at Nutrional Center Orphans at Nutritional Feeding Center in Batticoloa

Latest email received from Rev. Jeyanesan
From: Rev.Dr. S. Jeyanesan Sent: 24 June 2009 12:33 To: ‘Trevor Thevarajah’ Subject: RE: IDPs My Dearest Trevor, Greetings from St. Johns Center, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka Thank you for your mail. We are really happy that you have recovered from your operation and back in action. We thank God for same. Herewith I give you some updates of our relief activities and Kiran NFC.

Kiran NFC :
At present there are 36 Children in the Nutritional Feeding Center. Two teachers and a cook are looking after the children. Children who are under the age of 5 years are fed with nutritious food along with play and education. As you are aware most of our Children are from war affected and very poor families, so they all were under- nourished.

After they have joined our NFC they are healthy and very active. Our medical team visits them twice a month and assesses their health condition and provide needed medicines and vitamins. By leaving the Children in the NFC the mothers get some free time to do some work and earn money to look after their families. We thank you and all who supports to these poor families and their Children. Few pictures of the NFC is attached for your information.

Other Relief Work:
We are happy that the war is over. But the tragedies of the IDPs are continuing. We are very busy with the relief activities to the IDPs. For the last 3 weeks we have been moving to Vavunia and Batticaloa to obtain permission to send our medical team to work in Manik farm camp in Zone 4 where there is no any assistance provided to IDPs.

We have obtained permission from the GA and the camp in-charge authorities for our medical team to conduct clinic for Children and pregnant mothers. This decision was taken after our team visited the camp and analyzed the needs.

On the 18th we have transported a lorry load of medicines, clothes and dresses to the IDPs. 3200 packs of Clothes and dresses were distributed on the same day to the IDPs.

Our Trauma counseling unit and the medical team will work jointly in the camps and provide assistance. Rev. Anukoolan and the other pastors who were in the camp have directly experienced the suffering of the IDPs so they are working tirelessly in the IDP camps in providing assistance to the suffering and needy. Thank you for all your prayers and guidance to continue our work. May God bless you and all the members of Shrewsbury Lions Club for their support and assistance.

Thanks With kind regards

Rev. Dr. S. Jeyanesan
Chairman/ Director Project

Results from Vanni appeal

The response to the latest appeal to help the Internally Displaced People in the Vanni area has been extremely positive. So fare we have received £1745, this is over and above the usual donations towards the Nutritional Feeding Centre project. The Treasurer of the Shrewsbury Lions club is arranging to send the donations to the Lions club in Batticaloa who will ensure that the money is handed over to St. John’s mission.

Extract from the latest email from Rev. Jeyanesan September 2008

My dear Trevor,

Greetings from St. Johns Centre, Batticaloa

Thank you for your mail. We have received the original copy up the audited statement. I am posting it today by surface mail.

I am so busy in organizing relief to Vanni IDPs. After the recent attack of LTTE, Government has asked all the humanitarian organizations to vacate Vanni. All of them have left Vanni, Only UN organizations are talking with government to continue their activities. But, there is no hope in obtaining permission.

We are doing relief in two ways, we organize relief from Colombo and transport same or we send money to our pastors and ask them to do the relief work.

I thank you for all your efforts to support our affected community. We also thank the members of Thamil Association, Shrewsbury Lions club and other donors for their generous support and assistance.

I will send you a report on our relief activities as early as possible.


With peace and prayers,

Rev. Dr. S. Jeyanesan

Report from Rev. Jeyanesan August 2008

My dear Trevor,

Greetings from St. Johns Center CACM, Batticaloa

I am very happy to inform you that this morning the treasurer Lions Club of Batticaloa handed over us a cheque for Rs. 430565/=. Here with I am enclosing the official receipt (scanned copy) for the same.

I take this opportunity to thank you and the Lions Club of Shrewsbury.

We have asked our official auditors to give us a separate audited statement for the money we received from you in the year 2007. I am sure we will receive the statement this week. As soon as we receive it we will forward the same to you.

Here with I am enclosing some pictures of the Day Care/nutritional feeding Center Kiran. Last week they had their annual sports meet and parents and community get together. At present we have 74 children. We do provide breakfast and lunch. Periodical medical test are conducted by our medical team.We also give the children nutrition’s and vitamins. Earlier they have detected vitamin “D” deficiency among few children. We are happy that has improved satisfactorily after treatment.

I am sure you are aware the army offensive in Vanni area. At present there are about 200,000 IDP’s staying under very hard conditions. We are doing our very best to support at least few of them with emergency food and medicine. (Please see latest appeal)

I am also attaching a copy of the acknowledgement given to Lions Club Batticaloa

Thank you and your club for your continuous tireless support.

May God bless you, bless your family and bless your Lions Club

Thank you

Yours very sincerely

Rev. Jeyanesan