HOw ICA Began


Peter ClemsonICA was founded on the 18th December 1976, initially being known as Inter-Country Families Association. ICA was incorporated as International Children's Aid Limited, as a public company on the 21st August 1989.  Tax deductibility status was granted through the Australian Securities Commission in 1992.
ICA was started by couples who had adopted children from developing countries and who had experienced first hand the  needs of children living in places of poverty or civil war . This experience motivated the adoptive families to do something.

Under the direction of Penny Brune-Withanage, OAM (ICA Pesident 1976-1995) ICA provided support to needy and destitute children in Sri Lanka and India, funded special projects, and sent Australian  nurses and teachers as volunteers .In the early years ICA funding was sent to support the Parakrama Boys Home in Kandana , the Sneha Infants Home in Colombo and the Peter Weerasekera Home at Dambuwa.

In 1991 Penny initiated the concept of the current Rambukkana Children’s Village in Sri Lanka which remains the sole responsibility of ICA. Penny was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1990 due to her tireless work for ICA. Since Penny's departure ICA continues to flourish under the current direction of Peter Clemson (ICA President 1999 –current ) and the committed Australian and Sri Lankan management committees.

We must acknowledge the outstanding contributions our volunteers have made at the Peter Weerasekera Home and the Rambukkana Children’s Village. Their generosity in giving time and care to the children in Sri Lanka is much appreciated by the Australian and Sri Lankan committees.