About Us

Singithi Sevana is managed by the Mahanuwara Lamarakshaka Bauddha Samithiya (Kandy Child Protection Buddhist Society).

Admission and release of children is through the state department of Probation & Child Care and the society is an approved charity under the Inland Revenue Act of Sri Lanka (under section 31 (9) a of the Inland Revanue Act No.28 of 1979).

Singithi Sevana Children:


At present there are 32 children, both boys and girls aged 3-12 years and 3 older girls aged 13-14 years. These three girls continue to stay in the Home on a pilot project giving them the opportunity of an uninterrupted secondary school education. The children attend the local state school, Dharmasoka Vidyalaya which is about 1 km away from the Home and the nearby Dhaham Pasale (Temple Sunday School). The younger children attend a preschool conducted by a trained preschool teacher that is held within the Home premises. The children are given extra lessons in English, Math and Music.


Children waiting for the School Van...
Children playing together @ play area...

Beginnings

Forming a society to establish and manage a Children´s Home for needy children was a concept of late Dr. C de S Wijesundera who was then the Consultant Paediatrician at the General Hospital Kandy. He was faced with the problem of abandoned children in the hospital many of whom grew up in the childrenīs ward care. With Professor Leelananda Prematilleke, the late Venerable Labuduwe Siridamma Thero of the Getembe Temple and other well wishers they formed this society.

Singithi Sevana was established in 1977. Initially the Home was housed in a rented building. In 1986, the then Diyawadena Nileme (custodian of the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy), Hon. Neranjan Wijeratne, offered the present land on long- term lease and the building programme was launched. In November 1989 the Home shifted to the present premises.

Adoption of Children

Our primary objective is to care for needy children under12 years of age and bring them up in a Buddhist environment. Orphans are given for adoption through the state system and the other children are either given back to their parent or guardian if they are capable of providing care or else when they reach 12 years are placed in other state registered homes that take in older children. The Home has cared for around 270 children to date.

Several of our orphaned children have been given for adoption through the state system. Initially, the older children were adopted by foreigners mostly Australian. It is with great pleasure that we record that all children given for foreign adoption are leading very successful academic and social lives in their adopted countries and several of them visit Singithi Sevana with their family. However, now there is an increase in demand for adoption locally. All admissions, adoptions and handing over children are carried out through the state system and the society does not entertain any such requests directly.