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Home for Young Ladies

In October 2019 we opened the FARS Chanmugam Home for Young Ladies in Ethul Kotte, just outside Colombo. The Home is now located in Bedagama , just outside Colombo . Our aim was to provide a home for girls over 18 who had left school and wanted to continue their education. The girls living here previously lived in our Home in Wanathamulla but had outgrown that environment.

We wanted to give these young ladies  the chance to continue to live and study  in a safe environment, with support from us, to allow them to pursue further education and careers.

Our girls come from a village background. An environment that often leads them to have narrow expectations as to what they can achieve.

We make sure to spend time with each of these young women individually , learning and understanding their unique personalities and capabilities in order to discover how we can help them to realise their potential.

We help  the young ladies by funding courses in a number of different spheres including university degrees , journalism at the Sri Lankan College of Journalism, teacher training , hotel management  plus others in programmes for non vocational course eg cookery.

The Home has a warden and an assistant warden to help manage the property and to do the cooking and cleaning. The young ladies also help with the cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening and the oldest ones help in managing the finances and setting rules. We ask them to hold these responsibilities in the home to help them learn some independence and basic living skills – things nobody has shown them before, so that they can eventually learn to take care of themselves. Each one is given an allowance for their clothes, personal effects and travel and they are in charge of their own budgets. We hope this will provide them with a good grounding in skills that will help them in later life.

Many of these  young ladies have left the home and started their future lives . There are a number of success stories and a few that aren’t. Please look at the link to some of their stories and see the difference that a little help and support makes. These young ladies have become  role models for the other children we help and support. It helps the younger girls to understand that anyone, irrespective of their background, can achieve their dreams.