Village of Hopes and Dreams: Celebrating 10 Years

We support the charity ‘The Village of Hopes and Dreams’, Manacare Foundation.  We first heard about this charity through a friend, who shared her story of a woman she knew called Joy, who had flown to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Tsunami to try and help in any way she could.  
A month after the Tsunami hit Sri Lanka in December 2004, the Manacare foundation identified that there was a direct need for a community development project in the country to secure a future for Tsunami victims. The charity shipped twenty containers filled with aid items, purchased some land, and plans were drawn up to build a village. Ten years on thanks to Joy and her wonderful team this grassroots charity has continued to grow and is celebrating its 10th Birthday.   
There are now five homes, all for special needs children or adults and their families. A young, quadriplegic child has been adopted by the home. The combination of the facilities and the work of the team has had an unmeasurable positive impact on his quality of life. The village now has a Montessori School with 35 children enrolled and a new scheme that provides physiotherapy to 32 children and 14 adults. A local nurse is also employed to help with emergencies, mainly for the elderly in the village.

The charity faces daily challenges but thanks to the pure drive and determination, and the unrelenting efforts and passion of the team, good things continue to happen. The Village of Hopes and Dreams, welcomes visitors and volunteers for further information please visit


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