Our missionChildren’s Hope believes in children regardless of their circumstances,gender, race, disability or behaviour.We...
Our commitment100% of funds raised byChildren’s Hope go directlyto running our projects.As a small local organisation,we d...
Why is Children’s Hope so special?•We are independent, non-political and non-religious – although greatly respect andobser...
Our FounderEnglish artist Carla Browne first visitedSri Lanka in 2003, on recommendationof friend Sir Christopher Ondaatje...
KumarSangakkaraplayer and formercaptain of the SriLankan Cricket Teamis Patron of Children’sHope.
Our projects
Located in Habaraduwa, 20 minutesdrive from Galle and 2.5 hours fromColombo, Volunteer Village is:•Children’s Hope HQ•Seaf...
English and ITlessons for localchildren and adultsPre-school – We runa kindergarten in theVillage grounds,educating the ch...
Professional cookery and hoteltraining is offered to vulnerableunemployed local young men, as a wayout of a life of drinki...
Sewing classes are offered,which can also lead tovocational industrial sewingmachinery training.Jewellery and homewaresmak...
Sex and life skillseducation for men andwomen, including budgetinglessons to reduce the localcycle of debt.Children’s Hope...
Neth Sawan SaranaTranslated in English as ‘EyeHear Help’, NSS is located innearby Ahangama, the onlyspecialist school for ...
Since our first visit in 2007,Children’s Hope have renovatedthe dilapidated old buildings andbuilt new ones, including dor...
While the school’s facilities are among the best of their kind Sri Lanka, it isstill severely under-privileged.Classrooms ...
Karapitiya Hospital GalleThis hospital is one of only threegeneral hospitals in Sri Lanka,alongside Colombo and Kandy.When...
Since then, Children’s Hope haverenovated Paediatric Ward 2 andconstructed a new PrematureBaby Unit.A child activity room,...
Community housingWe often hear stories of familiesin need, who need assistancewith permanent housing.Children’s Hope fund ...
So, what can you do to help us?
Donate your timeWho can help:•Anyone of any age, we’ve had 12 to 80 year-olds alllove their time with Children’s Hope. Chi...
What we ask:•To work a minimum of four hours a day,Monday to Friday.•To stay at least four weeks, to bondwith the communit...
Donate your moneyCurrently, it costs just£36,000 / US$57,000 per yearto cover the basic running costs ofChildren’s Hope.In...
Where your money goesAll money raised by Children’s Hope goes to running and resourcing our projects, givingour staff a ba...
Urgent itemsIf you’d like to make a specific donation, we desperately need:•Hospital mattresses for children at Galle Hosp...
Donate brand new goodsWhile most items are cheaper to buy in Sri Lanka, some items can be donated brandnew. Items currentl...
If you’d like to hear more or help us, please get in touch:Websites               www.childrenshope.lk and www.volunteersv...
The peacock is the mascotof Children’s Hope – asymbol of southern SriLanka.Culturally, peacocks areassociated with opennes...
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Children's Hope is a Sri Lankan not-for-profit charity, established by English artist Carla Browne in 2005 after the Boxing Day Tsunami.

100% of funds raised by Children's Hope go to our projects, which support underprivileged, disabled and vulnerable children, women and young men in the Galle region.

Children’s Hope extensively consult all members of the local community to determine where the need is greatest – not what we think we should do – including parents, teachers, doctors, community leaders, local government, NGOs and the children themselves.

People of all ages and skills are welcome to volunteer with us on all our projects - we run a Volunteers Village in Habaraduwa, 20 minutes outside Galle.

Volunteer Village has seafront accommodation for up to 16 volunteers, and is also Children's Hope HQ and a vibrant community hub.

Children's Hope projects include:

- Supporting Neth Saran Sawana, a local school for children with hearing, vision and learning difficulties
- Vocational training for the deaf, blind and unemployed, including professional cooking, hotel training, sewing, jewellery and homewares making skills
- Renovating and maintaining paediatric units at Karapithiya Galle Hospital
- Building community housing
- Sex education, life and financial skills
- English and IT teaching
- Taekwondo classes for local children
- Running a kindergarten.

Alongside donating your time, donations of money and brand new goods are always welcome. A list of urgent items can be found in this presentation.

Children's Hope is independent, non-political and non-religious – although we greatly respect the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka.

For more information, please contact us:

Websites: www.childrenshope.lk and www.volunteersvillage.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Childrens-Hope/85727922803
Email: info@childrenshope.lk
Phone: +94 912 283 875

Thank you.

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  • Please remove my name from this fraudulent web sight
    Also volunteers village.
    I Carla Browne have nothing to do with this web sight..i was the original founder, but my charity has been hijacked..and the people






    Half the photographs belong to the original Children's Hope, when i was chairman and director.. these should also be taken off..
    Including Kumar Sangakarra patron to Children's Hope of Carla Browne..
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  • Please remove my name from this fraudulent web sight
    Also volunteers village.
    I Carla Browne have nothing to do with this web sight..i was the original founder, but my charity has been hijacked..and the people running it, nothing to do with me..
    If you want the true Children's Hope contact me
    carla@childrenshope.otg.uk
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Children's Hope - An independent Sri Lankan not-for-profit charity

  1. 1. Our missionChildren’s Hope believes in children regardless of their circumstances,gender, race, disability or behaviour.We believe in the abused, vulnerable, forgotten and neglected. Wesupport them and stand up for them, to bring out the best in every child.We believe every child deserves the best start in life and the chance tofulfil their potential.With the right help, committed support and belief, even the mostvulnerable children can turn their lives around.Every Children’s Hope project is different – but each believes in thepotential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, whatthey have done or what they have been through.
  2. 2. Our commitment100% of funds raised byChildren’s Hope go directlyto running our projects.As a small local organisation,we don’t pay:•Rent or property fees•For marketing or ads•To be part of a widerorganisations•Any commissions.We rely on our existingassets, volunteers, friendsand connections.
  3. 3. Why is Children’s Hope so special?•We are independent, non-political and non-religious – although greatly respect andobserve the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka.•We consult everyone in our community to find out what they need, not what wethink they need – including parents, teachers, doctors, community leaders, localgovernment, NGOs and the children themselves.•We run our own projects independently, with on-the-ground local staff andvolunteers.•We empower all young people to create a better life for themselves, including thedisabled, abused, sick, poor and vulnerable.•We provide valuable education at all levels – preschool, school and vocationaltraining.•We build, equip and help maintain schools, hospitals and local housing.•We are a community hub for local children, women and young men.
  4. 4. Our FounderEnglish artist Carla Browne first visitedSri Lanka in 2003, on recommendationof friend Sir Christopher Ondaatje.Falling in love with the country, Carlabought property and visited regularly.When the Boxing Day Tsunami hit in2004, Carla returned to Sri Lanka,moved to begin programmes in 2005 torebuild schools by twinning them withschools in England.Carla then moved to Sri Lankapermanently in 2006, selling her home inthe UK to rebuild specialist school NethSavan Sarana.The number of projects Carla managedcontinued to grow, until she registeredChildren’s Hope as a formal charity in2008.
  5. 5. KumarSangakkaraplayer and formercaptain of the SriLankan Cricket Teamis Patron of Children’sHope.
  6. 6. Our projects
  7. 7. Located in Habaraduwa, 20 minutesdrive from Galle and 2.5 hours fromColombo, Volunteer Village is:•Children’s Hope HQ•Seafront accommodation for up to 16volunteers•A vibrant community hub.Volunteers can get involved in projectson the following pages.
  8. 8. English and ITlessons for localchildren and adultsPre-school – We runa kindergarten in theVillage grounds,educating the childrenin Sinhala andEnglish, also allowinglocal mothers anopportunity tosocialise.
  9. 9. Professional cookery and hoteltraining is offered to vulnerableunemployed local young men, as a wayout of a life of drinking and streetwalking.Following the three month course, whichincludes English and culinary languagetraining, all have found employment inthe Galle area, including some at leadinghotels and restaurants.Children’s Hope also give experience by:•Offering cooking classes for tourists•Selling street food in a stall outsideVolunteers Village•Catering for local private schools•Hiring out the picturesque VolunteersVillage as a catering-inclusive weddingvenue.
  10. 10. Sewing classes are offered,which can also lead tovocational industrial sewingmachinery training.Jewellery and homewaresmaking skills are also taught,with the proceeds sold to sustainthe project.
  11. 11. Sex and life skillseducation for men andwomen, including budgetinglessons to reduce the localcycle of debt.Children’s Hope also runTaekwondo classes forlocal young people.
  12. 12. Neth Sawan SaranaTranslated in English as ‘EyeHear Help’, NSS is located innearby Ahangama, the onlyspecialist school for children withhearing, sight and learningdifficulties in the Galle district.Many children with disabilitiesare stigmatised in Sri Lanka,with little to no assistance toeducate them or help them leada productive life.The ones who go to schools likeNSS, although far away fromtheir families, are the lucky ones.
  13. 13. Since our first visit in 2007,Children’s Hope have renovatedthe dilapidated old buildings andbuilt new ones, including dormitoryblocks for 60 children aged fromfive to 20, a dining room andkitchen, and art & craft room.While the school is staffed byGovernment-funded teachers,volunteers also work with thechildren to help teach signlanguage, Braille, IT, art, craft andcooking.Once they leave school, youngadults go to Volunteers Village tolearn skills like industrial sewingmachinery, jewellery andhomewares making, and hotel andhousekeeping.
  14. 14. While the school’s facilities are among the best of their kind Sri Lanka, it isstill severely under-privileged.Classrooms are tiny and cramped – while we have land, we have no moneyto extend.Basic equipment from chalk, pencils, books, computers, even bed sheetsare in urgent need.
  15. 15. Karapitiya Hospital GalleThis hospital is one of only threegeneral hospitals in Sri Lanka,alongside Colombo and Kandy.When Children’s Hope visitedKarapitiya’s paediatric wards wefound it dark and dank, with rats,cats and dogs roaming throughout.Mould grew all over on the walls andceilings, due to exposure to theelements, even above prematurebabies’ cots.Medicine rooms were found inunhygienic conditions. Families,visitors, nurses, doctors and otherstaff had nowhere to eat or rest.
  16. 16. Since then, Children’s Hope haverenovated Paediatric Ward 2 andconstructed a new PrematureBaby Unit.A child activity room, playgroundand rest areas have also beenbuilt and equipped.Staff are being better trained tolook after medicines in a moretidy and sterile way.However more needs to be doneon other wards, and the SriLankan weather conditions meanour work needs regularmaintenance.
  17. 17. Community housingWe often hear stories of familiesin need, who need assistancewith permanent housing.Children’s Hope fund and buildnew homes as and when wecan, for homeless or soon-to-be-homeless families:•With ill or elderly parents andgrandparents•Affected by mental illness andalcoholism•With abandoned mothers andchildren•Ostracised by their communities•Living in temporary or mudhouses which will wash awayduring the monsoon season.
  18. 18. So, what can you do to help us?
  19. 19. Donate your timeWho can help:•Anyone of any age, we’ve had 12 to 80 year-olds alllove their time with Children’s Hope. Children under 16must be accompanied by their parents.•All skills are valued – English teaching, IT, childcare,communications, sports, art and crafts, disability care,cooking and pure enthusiasm.What you get:•Airport transfer to Volunteers Village•Single or double ensuite rooms•Three delicious meals a day, cooked by in-housechefs•Laundry facilities•Wifi and computer facilities available•Beach, restaurants, local shops nearby•Endless opportunities to positively change the lives oflocal children, women and young men.
  20. 20. What we ask:•To work a minimum of four hours a day,Monday to Friday.•To stay at least four weeks, to bondwith the community and ensure you seeand feel the impact you have created.What you pay:•£500/US$800 per person, per month.•All money goes directly towards yourfood, accommodation and transportcosts, building running costs, andfunding Children’s Hope projects.
  21. 21. Donate your moneyCurrently, it costs just£36,000 / US$57,000 per yearto cover the basic running costs ofChildren’s Hope.In the years after the Tsunami,international attention has movedaway from Sri Lanka and we arestruggling to make ends meet.Staff volunteer extra hours, and oftenuse their salaries to pay for projects.All donations are gratefully received.Regular and major donors become aFriend of Children’s Hope and willreceive a regular newsletter.
  22. 22. Where your money goesAll money raised by Children’s Hope goes to running and resourcing our projects, givingour staff a basic living allowance and urgent items.We have 16 paid staff who all come from the local Galle community, including projectand centre managers, teachers, carers and admin staff.
  23. 23. Urgent itemsIf you’d like to make a specific donation, we desperately need:•Hospital mattresses for children at Galle Hospital x 240 – £16/US$25 each•Bed sheets for children at Galle Hospital x 480 – £6.50/US$10 each•Oxygen masks (nebulizer kits) for children – £6.50/$10 each•Washbasins with taps – £38/US$60 each•Hand dryers for improved sanitation x 2 – £95/US$150 each•Antibacterial soap dispensers – £13/US$20•Water filters for clean drinking water – £50/US$80•Mosquito nets for safe sleeping x 120 – £9.50/US$15 each•Braille writer (typewriter to help blind children) – £79/US£125 each•Musical instruments – £32/ US$50•Children’s books, sports equipment, shoes and milk powder – from £16-£6.50/US$25-$10 each
  24. 24. Donate brand new goodsWhile most items are cheaper to buy in Sri Lanka, some items can be donated brandnew. Items currently welcome and appreciated include:•Laptops to teach the children and young adults computer skills•Toys and picture books for pre-school aged children•A camera so we can document our events and successes
  25. 25. If you’d like to hear more or help us, please get in touch:Websites www.childrenshope.lk and www.volunteersvillage.comFacebook www.facebook.com/childrenshopesrilankaEmail info@childrenshope.lkPhone +94 912 283 875All prices and currency conversions are correct as at March 21, 2012.
  26. 26. The peacock is the mascotof Children’s Hope – asymbol of southern SriLanka.Culturally, peacocks areassociated with openness,as they display all theirfeathers when spreadingtheir tail.Peacocks can also eatpoisonous plants andsnakes, a symbol that goodthings can thrive in the faceof suffering.
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