Peter Weerasekera Childrens HomE

 

About the Home
Peter Weerasekera Children’s HomeMr Singha Weerasekera, a prominent business man in Sri Lanka, offered his family home to orphaned children. In 1960 the Peter Weerasekera Girl’s Home was opened with 10 girls aged 7-14 years. Situated 38 kilometres from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, it is in a picturesque coconut and rice growing area.

When the President of International Children’s Aid visited the Girl’s home in the early 1980s, it housed 18 girls and was in a bad state of disrepair. It had not had a coat of paint since it had been opened, plaster had fallen off the walls and rooms were closed because the roof leaked and were not safe to occupy. There was no running water, electricity, sewerage, telephone or transport of any kind - not even a bicycle. The children bathed in a spring. There was only one set of clothing per child. ICA made urgent repairs to this home, which have been ongoing and in 1995 renovated the old wood burning kitchen.

Over the years it has been a home to over 500 girls. There are now 50 girls at this home most from single parent families often where the mother has died. The girls attend local schools and children that are academically gifted are offered scholarships at private schools. Those girls needing extra support are offered tutoring after school. The girls are also taught needlework, lace work, weaving, cooking, gardening, cultural dancing, computer skills, English and typing.

Girls DormitoryAll the girls have regular health checks, vaccinations and a nutritious local diet.
The ICA Committee  Australia works with the local Peter Weerasekara Management Committee to provide some ongoing support. The local committee report to the Sri Lankan Child Care and Probation Department.
The Peter Weerasekaera Home receives financial support from individuals within Sri Lanka, as well as from other overseas organizations in different countries.

The main aim of this home is that the girls leave with an education and a future.