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Sri Lanka

Population: 22.235 million
Percent Below Poverty Line: 8.9%

Sri Lanka is the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. But its population of 22.235 million people live in disarray after 25 years of civil war. Although the war (which left hundreds of thousands of civilians internally displaced) is over ethnic tensions remain. Only 7.4% of people in Sri Lanka are Christians, including Catholics. With your generosity we have the opportunity to spread the love of Jesus Christ in this war-torn country.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about our mission in Sri Lanka.

Diocese of Kurunegala

The Story of Kattimahana

Children from the Parish of Kattimahana - Sri Lanka In rural Sri Lanka, many families live on less than $2 each day. The poverty they face is so extreme because of the difference between the upper and lower class. Poverty perpetuates as socio-economic issues increase the number of dropouts from school. When children do not receive an education, the cycle of poverty continues, and it is years before anyone has a chance to break it again.

The Catholic Diocese of Kurunegala is working to combat their poverty by inviting the Sisters of the Holy Angels to join their community in the village of Kattimahana to live among the poor and care for their many needs. Their work in education, spiritual development, mentoring, and social work will change the future for the people of Kattimahana. You can join in this community uplift with your generous donation to build a convent for the sisters to live among the people.

The majority of people from the area work in agriculture, harvesting with crops such as tea, rubber, coconut, and sugar among others. Parents work long hours just to bring home a few dollars for their whole family to live off that week. Children, who do not go to school until they are five years of age, are left home alone to fend for themselves while their parents are at work. This neglect leads to an array of health problems, and the children also grow up with deep feelings of abandonment.

The villagers in Kattimahana are in desperate need of human relief to bring about spiritual and socio-economic change in their community. Won’t you be part of the relief they need today? 

  

The Congregation Sisters of the Holy Angels

Rt. Rev. Bishop Perera blessing the future site of the convent with the Sisters of the Holy Angels - Sri LankaThe Congregation Sisters of the Holy Angels was founded in 1903 by Rt. Rev. Mgr. Joseph Van Reeth S.J. Bishop of Galle to evangelize in the Buddhist community. It was the first Congregation for Sri Lankan women, but this diocesan Congregation has since been raised to Pontifical status. For over 100 years the Sisters of the Holy Angels have worked tirelessly to spread the love of the Gospel to those in need, whether Christian or Buddhist, around the world.

Today, the Sisters of the Holy Angels are urgently needed in the village of Kattimahana, not only to work alongside the priests ministering to the 55,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Kurunegala, but also to minister to the poor children. The children who are able to attend school are at risk for dropping out, falling behind in classes, and perpetuating the debilitating cycle of poverty they are trapped in.

“Our mission in helping people around the Parish at Kattimahana and the children of St. Anne’s School has come across with many difficulties, since we don’t have a proper place to stay there. Our mission is currently disturbed by difficulties in transportation and accommodations. The construction of the proposed convent at Kattimahana will be a unique and a great help for the Sisters of our convent. The establishment of this convent at Kattimahana, in the close vicinity of the shrine and the school, creates a great opportunity for us to easily move with the parishioners, pilgrims, and the children of the school in order to render a better service to the people around the shrine and the school.
We would like to thank the donors and sponsors for your support, contribution of time, and your generous donations. We are also immensely grateful to His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera, the bishop of Kurunegala, for the initiatives and continuous
support in all our ministries. Words cannot express how we feel. Thank you once again. Your kindness is truly appreciated in the name of God.”

- Rev. Sister Carmen Fernando, Superior

The sisters will serve the community, working to lift families out of generational poverty through education, spiritual development, mentoring, and social work. The Sisters of the Holy Angels will work alongside not only their parish priests’, but also the local government to collaborate on poverty reducing strategies that will ensure the people all have access to clean water, education, and healthcare. The Holy Spirit has a starring role to help the sisters attack poverty at its roots.

As you think about the sisters, please pray for their work in this terribly impoverished community. They include Sr. Carmen, Sr. Anita, Sr. Shanika, Sr. Marina, and Sr. Mary. They are amazing women of God. Their hearts for these children and families are big. Their compassion is unmatched.

 

Seven-year-old Githmi and her sister, 10th grader Chathumini

Githmi Umaya is only seven years old, but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a teacher. And her sister, Chathumini, dreams of being a doctor.

Sadly, in rural Sri Lanka where Githmi and Chathumini live, their dreams are no small ambition. There are massive obstacles standing in the way of their dreams. With a poor schooling system, a horrible economy, and little community support, Githmi, Chathumini and their family are the poorest of the poor.

They are lucky if they have enough money for a daily meal… and the hole in the roof of their shanty hut means all gets soaked when it rains.

It can be extremely difficult to get an education and break the cycle of poverty, and it can be even harder to maintain the deep faith this community has. But with the support of the Sisters of the Holy Angels, Chathumini will be given the spiritual direction and care that she needs to live out her faith – even when times are hardest.

Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local students the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka

The Convent Is Under Way - The Biggest Obstacle is Already Gone!

Thanks to the great generosity of Fr. Lionel Fernando the biggest obstacle to any building project, and often the most expensive part, is already generously taken care of! Currently the Director of Catechetics, Bible, and Education Apostolates, Fr. Lionel offered his own ancestral property to the community’s dream of having a convent for the Sisters. This property stretches for more than an acre and is perfectly located nearby the Shrine and school dedicated to St. Anne! This land and its convenient location to the church and school make it an ideal location for the Sisters of the Holy Angels' new convent. What could have meant hundreds of thousands of US dollars in retirement comfort for Fr. Lionel, pictured right, was joyfully given. We can’t let Fr. Lionel’s generosity go to waste.

See photos from the ground breaking below:

Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka

They Need Your Help Today

Give nowYour generosity to the Sri Lanka campaign ensures a safe place for the sisters to live among the people. The plan is to build a convent with four bedrooms for the sisters, washrooms, a kitchen, and a chapel.  It will be built high enough to prevent any flooding during monsoons and it will be centrally located to the village. The property for the convent was already donated generously by Rev. Fr. Lionel Fernando of the Diocese of Kurunegala. This is the first step in securing a positive future for all those living in poverty!

 

  • $18 buys the material and the labor needed to make and install two windows.
  • $20 provides ten floor tiles!
  • $60 supplies two concrete columns.
  • $150 paints eight walls!
  • $209 provides all the necessary items for one of the six bathrooms.
  • $850 allows ALL the earth work to be done!
  • $3000 provides for ALL the electrical work to be done!
  • $4,243 supplies ALL the bricks needed for the entire convent!

Your generosity is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty in Kattimahana. The community is in desperate need of the sisters to help their children, and families tackle poverty.

Give now to help the families and children in Kattimahana experience the love of Christ through the Sisters of the Holy Angels.

  

The Story of Kattimahana

Children from the Parish of Kattimahana - Sri Lanka In rural Sri Lanka, many families live on less than $2 each day. The poverty they face is so extreme because of the difference between the upper and lower class. Poverty perpetuates as socio-economic issues increase the number of dropouts from school. When children do not receive an education, the cycle of poverty continues, and it is years before anyone has a chance to break it again.

The Catholic Diocese of Kurunegala is working to combat their poverty by inviting the Sisters of the Holy Angels to join their community in the village of Kattimahana to live among the poor and care for their many needs. Their work in education, spiritual development, mentoring, and social work will change the future for the people of Kattimahana. You can join in this community uplift with your generous donation to build a convent for the sisters to live among the people.

The majority of people from the area work in agriculture, harvesting with crops such as tea, rubber, coconut, and sugar among others. Parents work long hours just to bring home a few dollars for their whole family to live off that week. Children, who do not go to school until they are five years of age, are left home alone to fend for themselves while their parents are at work. This neglect leads to an array of health problems, and the children also grow up with deep feelings of abandonment.

The villagers in Kattimahana are in desperate need of human relief to bring about spiritual and socio-economic change in their community. Won’t you be part of the relief they need today? 

  

The Congregation Sisters of the Holy Angels

Rt. Rev. Bishop Perera blessing the future site of the convent with the Sisters of the Holy Angels - Sri LankaThe Congregation Sisters of the Holy Angels was founded in 1903 by Rt. Rev. Mgr. Joseph Van Reeth S.J. Bishop of Galle to evangelize in the Buddhist community. It was the first Congregation for Sri Lankan women, but this diocesan Congregation has since been raised to Pontifical status. For over 100 years the Sisters of the Holy Angels have worked tirelessly to spread the love of the Gospel to those in need, whether Christian or Buddhist, around the world.

Today, the Sisters of the Holy Angels are urgently needed in the village of Kattimahana, not only to work alongside the priests ministering to the 55,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Kurunegala, but also to minister to the poor children. The children who are able to attend school are at risk for dropping out, falling behind in classes, and perpetuating the debilitating cycle of poverty they are trapped in.

“Our mission in helping people around the Parish at Kattimahana and the children of St. Anne’s School has come across with many difficulties, since we don’t have a proper place to stay there. Our mission is currently disturbed by difficulties in transportation and accommodations. The construction of the proposed convent at Kattimahana will be a unique and a great help for the Sisters of our convent. The establishment of this convent at Kattimahana, in the close vicinity of the shrine and the school, creates a great opportunity for us to easily move with the parishioners, pilgrims, and the children of the school in order to render a better service to the people around the shrine and the school.
We would like to thank the donors and sponsors for your support, contribution of time, and your generous donations. We are also immensely grateful to His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera, the bishop of Kurunegala, for the initiatives and continuous
support in all our ministries. Words cannot express how we feel. Thank you once again. Your kindness is truly appreciated in the name of God.”

- Rev. Sister Carmen Fernando, Superior

The sisters will serve the community, working to lift families out of generational poverty through education, spiritual development, mentoring, and social work. The Sisters of the Holy Angels will work alongside not only their parish priests’, but also the local government to collaborate on poverty reducing strategies that will ensure the people all have access to clean water, education, and healthcare. The Holy Spirit has a starring role to help the sisters attack poverty at its roots.

As you think about the sisters, please pray for their work in this terribly impoverished community. They include Sr. Carmen, Sr. Anita, Sr. Shanika, Sr. Marina, and Sr. Mary. They are amazing women of God. Their hearts for these children and families are big. Their compassion is unmatched.

 

Seven-year-old Githmi and her sister, 10th grader Chathumini

Githmi Umaya is only seven years old, but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a teacher. And her sister, Chathumini, dreams of being a doctor.

Sadly, in rural Sri Lanka where Githmi and Chathumini live, their dreams are no small ambition. There are massive obstacles standing in the way of their dreams. With a poor schooling system, a horrible economy, and little community support, Githmi, Chathumini and their family are the poorest of the poor.

They are lucky if they have enough money for a daily meal… and the hole in the roof of their shanty hut means all gets soaked when it rains.

It can be extremely difficult to get an education and break the cycle of poverty, and it can be even harder to maintain the deep faith this community has. But with the support of the Sisters of the Holy Angels, Chathumini will be given the spiritual direction and care that she needs to live out her faith – even when times are hardest.

Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local students the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka
Local children the Holy Angel Sisters will teach - Sri Lanka

The Convent Is Under Way - The Biggest Obstacle is Already Gone!

Thanks to the great generosity of Fr. Lionel Fernando the biggest obstacle to any building project, and often the most expensive part, is already generously taken care of! Currently the Director of Catechetics, Bible, and Education Apostolates, Fr. Lionel offered his own ancestral property to the community’s dream of having a convent for the Sisters. This property stretches for more than an acre and is perfectly located nearby the Shrine and school dedicated to St. Anne! This land and its convenient location to the church and school make it an ideal location for the Sisters of the Holy Angels' new convent. What could have meant hundreds of thousands of US dollars in retirement comfort for Fr. Lionel, pictured right, was joyfully given. We can’t let Fr. Lionel’s generosity go to waste.

See photos from the ground breaking below:

Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka
Most Reverend Harold Anthony Perera blessing the site of the future convent - Sri Lanka

They Need Your Help Today

Give nowYour generosity to the Sri Lanka campaign ensures a safe place for the sisters to live among the people. The plan is to build a convent with four bedrooms for the sisters, washrooms, a kitchen, and a chapel.  It will be built high enough to prevent any flooding during monsoons and it will be centrally located to the village. The property for the convent was already donated generously by Rev. Fr. Lionel Fernando of the Diocese of Kurunegala. This is the first step in securing a positive future for all those living in poverty!

 

  • $18 buys the material and the labor needed to make and install two windows.
  • $20 provides ten floor tiles!
  • $60 supplies two concrete columns.
  • $150 paints eight walls!
  • $209 provides all the necessary items for one of the six bathrooms.
  • $850 allows ALL the earth work to be done!
  • $3000 provides for ALL the electrical work to be done!
  • $4,243 supplies ALL the bricks needed for the entire convent!

Your generosity is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty in Kattimahana. The community is in desperate need of the sisters to help their children, and families tackle poverty.

Give now to help the families and children in Kattimahana experience the love of Christ through the Sisters of the Holy Angels.