Herman's Girls' Home - Periyanilavanai, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka

Our orphanage is located in the middle of a battle zone, where Sri Lankan forces seek to subdue the Tamil Tiger rebels in control of the northern and eastern provinces of this beautiful island. Periyanilavanai is situated on the southern part of the Batticaloa land strip in the eastern province. Due to this fighting there are a lot of children who do not receive the necessary care to survive. Due to a one time gift of about $22,200 of a man by the name of Herman, a new girls home was established on the 25th of April 2000. The money sufficed also for maintaining the orphanage until November for twenty girls. In the picture, on the left side, you can see Rev. Jeyanesan, who is responsible for the Batticaloa district on behalf of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India. Next to him is the project manager, Mr. Arumay. Joseph Vos opened the Herman's Girls Home on behalf of Herman. Next to him is the deputy principal of the local school. It was a happy occasion for the whole village and many had come from surrounding areas as this definitely gave a spark of hope in a dark and desparate situation for many people. It is so good to see how people around the world show such care for these children. There are many things going on in the building as the orphanage has become like a community center. Celebrations happen herer from time to time and so this orphanage has become a ray of light for the people of this village.
In the home there are twenty children. There is a day-care center next door which can serve a similar number of children. You can see a list of some of the children in the Herman's Girls Home by clicking here

Contact for more information:
Joseph Vos
hgh@orphanage.org
For more information on the Batticaloa projects, click here.

Details of the children

Herman's Girls Home - Periyanilavanai, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka



Name of child: Dencyranee.J.

Date of birth: 1988-10-06

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Sinniah Jeganathan.

Motherís full name: Kanapathillai Ananthy.

Is father living? No.

Is mother living? Yes.

Gramasevaka divion: Central camp.

Family background: Father died  during ethnic violence. Mother only looks after them because of poverty. Two elder sisters donít attend school. Other two attending school. No outside help. Mother does odd jobs. Income not enough.



Name of child: Mehala .Y.

Date of birth: 1987.06.10

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Kandian Yogarasa

Motherís full name: Ponnaihurai Thevika.

Is father living? No

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka divison: Central camp.

Family background: Father died of heart attack.

Mother only looks after the family. She does only odd jobs. Income not enough. Poor family.



Name of child: Chithira.R.

Date of birth: 1988.04.27.

Sex: Female.

Fatherís full name: Seenithamby Rasian.

Motherís full name: Selliah Amaravathy.

Is father living? Yes.

Is mother living? No.

Gramasevaka division: Mandoor.

Family background: Mother is dead. Father is suffering from Rheumatism, both in legs. Walking with the help of crutches. One brother is the Methodist Home. One brother is looked after by motherís sister. Very poor family. Brother only does odd jobs.



Name of child: Theinmoly.T.

Date of birth: 1989.02.12

Sex: Female.

Fatherís full name: Nallathamby Thevarajah.

Motherís full name: Thillaiampalam Puspavathy.

Is mother living? Yes.

Is father living? Yes.

Gramasevaka division: Thurai neelavani.

Family background: Father is a T.B. patient. He is unable to do any work. Mother only does odd jobs. Very big family. Five children are attending school.



Name of child: Nanthini. U.

Date of birth: 1988.06.22.

Sex: Female.

Fatherís full name: Veliepillai Uthayakumav.

Motherís full name: Samythumby Inthira.

Is father living? No.

Is mother living? Yes.

Gramasevaka division: Thurai neelavanai.

Family background: Father was shot dead by forces during ethnic violence. Mother only looks after them. No permanent income. She does odd jobs. Very poor family.



Name of child: Thanushya. N .

Date of birth: 1992.11.01.

Sex: Female.

Fatherís full name: Thambyappa Natrvnasingan.

Motherís full name: Kumavasamy Annaledchumy.

Is father living? Yes.

Is mother living? No.

Gramesevaka division: Periyaneelavanai-01

Family background: Mother is dead. Father got married again. Others are staying with motherís elder sister. Poor family. Their village is very remote one without proper basic facilities.



Name of child: Kumutha.S.

Date of birth: 1989.06.14.

Sex: Female.

Fatherís full name: Kathiryandi Sathan.

Motherís full name: Nagarasa Vasanthy.

Is father living? No

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Central camp.

Family background: Father died during ethnic violence. Mother is only looking after them. She is from central camp , a remote village. Severely affected by ethnic problem. Most of the villagers are displaced.



Name of child: T. Thuvaraha

Date of  birth:1991.06.15

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Nallathamby Thevarajah

Motherís full name: Thillaiamdalam Puspavathy

Is father living? Yes

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Thuraineelavanai ward 08

Family background: Father is a T.B. patient, unable to do any work. Mother goes for odd jobs. Very poor family. Seven children in the family. Mother is unable to look after them. No outside help. Their village is very remote one. Without basic facilities.



Name of child: Dinopa.R.

Date of birth: 1991.08.10

Sex: female

Fatherís full name: Sinnataamby Rajakulendran

Motherís full name: Sellial Satha

Is father living? Yes-deserted the family, married again.

Is mother living? Yes-married again.

Gramasevaka divion: Periyaneelavanai  01

Family background: Mother left the husband and got married again to someone. Father too married to another woman. Nobody look after the two children. Her sister is with motherís sister and looked after by them.



Name of child: Sivarani.S.

Date of birth: 1990.10.12

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Kathamuththu Sivalingam.

Motherís full name: Masilamani Packiam.

Is father living? No

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Central camp.

Family background: Father died due to snake bite. Mother only looks after the family. She does odd jobs. Very poor family. No outside help. One sister is at ST.Johnís girls Home Baticaloa. Mother is unable to look after them.



Name of child: Rathika.R.

Date of birth: 1988.09.22

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Savarimuttu Rasaratnam

Motherís full name: Sellathurai Kalaiarasi

Is father living? No

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Central camp.

Family background: Father died in a bus accident. Mother left her and has gone abroad. No contact. For nearly two years grandmother is only looking after the child. No contacts with the mother. Grandmother is poor unable to bring up the child.




Name of child: Santhirakala.S.

Date of birth: 1990.10.29

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Kanesan Santhakumar.

Motherís full name: Sinnathamby Bavani.

Is father living? No

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Thurai neelavanai.

Family background: Father was killed during ethnic violence. Only child. Mother is unable to do anything. No income, very poor family, no one to help them.




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Name of child: Thatchayini.T.

Date of birth: 1992.02.28

Sex: Female

Fatherís full name: Simathamby Thiagarajah

Motherís full name: Palipodi Vimalathevi

Is father living? Yes

Is mother living? Yes

Gramasevaka division: Periya neelavanai-01.

Family background: Father is sickly person, heart disease. Mother does odd jobs and looks after the family. Very poor family. Mother unable to look after the family.

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