Anpu Sahotharar Illam (ASI) is an orphanage, which opened in January 2001. The orphanage is located in Mannar town area in Mannar district, Sri Lanka, an area affected by ethnic war. Most of the children’s parents were killed during the civil war. According to the local government statistics there were more than 150 children registered as orphans at that time.

We had a vision to open an orphanage to provide love and care for the orphans. Through this work we try to show Godly love so that they may come to know more about Jesus.

At present we have 16 boys aged 7-15 in our orphanage (see photos). They come from various cultural and religious backgrounds. The children are thriving; their education and health have improved considerably. Some of the children did not even know how to wear shoes but now they are able to do this and dress smartly.

The manager and his family have committed themselves to look after the orphanage, which also has a cook and a warden; these workers are full time paid employees.

You may be asking how we fund this work. A few tender-hearted people support us by providing a basic monthly contribution together with occasional donations from others. There are no other organizations supporting the orphanage, which relies solely on donations.

In general, the cost of living in Srilanka is increasing unexpectedly because of the civil war and the recent Tsunami disaster. Sponsoring a child costs as little as £15 a month. This is sufficient to look after the children by providing food, clothes, toiletries and school materials. The sponsorship is not spent on salaries for the full-time workers.

We are very thankful to our Almighty God, who has enabled us to complete four years of this work and we are now entering our fifth year. We believe God will meet all of our needs in His riches in Glory.