COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – In the midst of child abuse and trafficking scandals in Sri Lanka, the Gokulam – Bhaktivedanta Children’s Home:
The Sri Lankan government recently assigned the 100 tsunami orphans to Gokulam, designating it as trustworthy and competent to give children the kind of premium care they need. In the aftermath of the tsunami, the Home stands out among service organizations in Sri Lanka as a result of its high standards for childcare.
Gokulam, an affiliate project of Food For Life Global (http://www.ffl.org/), was founded in 1999 by Nandarani Dasi. The Home offers the stability and love each child needs to live a happy, normal life. The Children’s Home is an optimal environment for needy children, with every child receiving three nutritious meals daily, along with a full education, music lessons, art, recreation, healthcare and the attention of 18 full time staff.
“We want to keep our children safe from the exploitations going on in the world today. They deserve the chance to have a hopeful future,” Nandarani said.
Gokulam has already taken in 11 tsunami orphans, and the others will be coming in over the next few months. The Home is currently constructing larger buildings to accommodate the new arrivals, and recently began various fundraising programs to help ease the financial burden of expansion.
To create awareness and aid, Gokulam began a child sponsorship program, enabling concerned citizens of the world to participate in the welfare of its disadvantaged children. The orphans of Gokulam have also designed a line of products called COTTAGE, or Children Of The Tsunami – Arts, Gifts and Education (http://www.cottageyouth.org/).
“At Gokulam, we hope our programs will create a mutually beneficial relationship between our children and the public,” Nandarani said.