Lasallian Children’s Home in Mannar, Sri Lanka, which initially opened in 2009 as a home for war-affected children, continues to serve children in need.
The Brothers in Mannar originally welcomed 28 children into their living space until they established the home. Another religious organization was previously caring for the children who were considered “uncontrollable, disobedient, arrogant and useless.” At the end of the two-year program, the behavior, attitude and mentality of the boys had changed. Many of them came to the Lasallian Children’s Home as child soldiers without hope and now are working or going to school. Donations from around the world helped the Brothers serve the children.
Today, the home continues provide shelter and education to another 25 war-affected orphans. These children are unlike the previous group in that one or both of their parents were killed in the 30-year civil war. A charitable organization from United Kingdom now supports the day-to-day operations of the home.