During my school days it was my dream to run a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In June 1997, my dream came true when Ebenezer Gardens opened its doors to destitute little girls.
The organization was registered as an Association under the Companies Act in 1996. As required by government regulations, it was also registered as a Voluntary Social Service Organization in 2003 and with the Department of Probation and Child Care in 2006.
A house was taken on a 5 year lease and the first child was admitted in June 1997. In January 2002, Evangelical Broadcasting Organization in the Netherlands provided funds to purchase a permanent house.
At present, 10 girls reside at Ebenezer Gardens. Their ages range from 2 - 13 years. The children are provided with the comfort and security of a normal home together with Christian nurture and discipline. All our children come from the uneducated and underprivileged segment of our society with no proper parental care. Now they enjoy the privileges of a loving, comfortable home, good education in Christian schools. They have been taken on excursions to many parts of the island and also had the privilege of touring India.
It is our prayer that they will grow up to be gracious young ladies who will do well in their chosen fields and become useful citizens
The Year 2013 was a year that brought in many changes – the eldest girl was given in marriage, the second moved to Bible College and the third moved out and is now working.
In October 2013, Ebenezer Gardens launched a new project on a trial basis – a small hostel for working girls. 4 young ladies live there at present. This facility is about 10 minutes walking distance away from the Childrens Home. In May 2014 – “Palm Trees” – a facility for senior citizens was opened and 4 elders are resident there. God provided the house just opposite ours to start this off. Unlike the Children's home, these two are facilities where the residents pay for their board and lodging.
God willing, our long term plan is to have all three facilities in one compound and where income from the paying facilities will supplement the cost of providing for the children.
Our motto is “A Home Away From Home” and this is what we seek to provide for all under our care.