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Who We Are

The CandleAid Family

CandleAid is a grassroot charity organisation based in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. At the moment, we have 11 staff in the office handling all the projects. Our staff are dedicated and we all come from humble backgrounds. Even though some of them may have retired from their previous professions, they continue to work in CandleAid to help the poor. Some of our staff were once beneficiaries of our programmes, now they are empowered and are back helping the poor. 

Our Staff

Reshani Mendis

Reshani Mendis

Project Assistant - Education Programme

Reshani joined CandleAid Lanka in April 2005 as Project Assistant for Education Programme. She is an efficient worker with an overall knowledge of CandleAid’s work. Apart from her work as the Project Assistant for the Education Programme, she is also the Co-ordinator for the Self-Empowerment of Women (SEW) Programme and the Blind Colony Project.

Chamila Mendis

Chamila Mendis

Project Assistant - Education Programme

Chamila joined CandleAid in October 2005 as an Assistant in the Food Programme. She has subsequently worked in other programmes within CandleAid and has gained a good working knowledge of all its programmes. Apart from her work in the Education Programme, she is the Co-ordinator for the Library Project and the Swim for Safety Programme.

Reshadi Mendis

Reshadi Mendis

Project Assistant - Health Programme

Reshadi joined in September 2014 and is the sister of Reshani. She is an intelligent young girl who has picked up the work relating to the Cancer Patients’ Sponsorship programme very quickly.

Malkanthi (Ganga) Silva

Malkanthi (Ganga) Silva

Assistant Accountant

Malkanthi (also known as Ganga) joined CandleAid in December 2003 to help in the Education Programme. Her intelligent grasp of the work and interest in accounts soon moved her into the Accounts Department. Today she is the Assistant Accountant, a very knowledgeable and well informed asset to the Finance Manager. Email: asst.accountant@candleaid.org

Brintha Mathavasunderam

Brintha Mathavasunderam

Head of Food Programme

Brintha joined CandleAid in December 2013 and being very conversant in Tamil, Sinhalese and English, she has become a very useful employee specially to communicate with beneficiaries in the North and East. Her cheerful disposition endears her to everyone. From January 2016 she took over as the Head of Food Programme. Email: Head_Food@candleaid.org

Shalini Nisansala

Shalini Nisansala

Project Assistant - Food Programme

Shalini joined CandleAid in October 2012 soon after completing her secondary education. She is dedicated to helping the poor and is currently the project assistant for the Food Programme.

Mavis Amarasuriya

Mavis Amarasuriya

Coordinating Secretary

Mavis joined CandleAid in August 2012 having retired from Carey College, after a long service period.  With her friendly and ever helpful disposition she handles staff matters as well as the General Projects of CandleAid. Email: coordinatingsecretary@candleaid.org

Veraan de Mel

Veraan de Mel

Finance Manager

Veraan joined CandleAid in April 2014 soon after his retirement from the private sector. His long years of expertise in the field of accounting and finance is a valuable asset to CandleAid as he takes the responsibility for all accounting and finance work of the organization. Email: financemanager@candleaid.org

Sunil Warnakulasuriya

Sunil Warnakulasuriya

Head of Health Programme

Sunil has been with CandleAid for more than 10 years after retiring from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. While heading the Health Programme he has also handled all technical matters including computers and IT related work in the organisation. His passion for photography has also helped CandleAid. Email: Head_Health@candleaid.org

Janaki Rupesinghe

Janaki Rupesinghe

Head of Education Programme

Janaki joined CandleAid Lanka in January 2015. Having served 16 years in the private sector, she joined CandleAid mainly to balance her home and work life better specially due to its close proximity to her residence. Her quiet and friendly disposition and dedicated and efficient work has greatly stabilised the Education Sponsorship programme. Email: Head_Education@candleaid.org

Romesh Fernando

Romesh Fernando

Chief Operating Officer

Romesh joined CandleAid Lanka in June 2015. He has immense experience in management and charity work, with previous employment at international charity organizations, including World Vision. He is a passionate, energetic and talented young leader with a Bachelors and Masters under his belt. Email: admin@candleaid.org

Our Volunteers

These are our volunteers who have dedicated their time outside of their career to help the poor. We are very thankful for their kind assistance. 

International Coordinator - Health Sponsorship Programme

Mrs. Sabine Dias

Email : sd_candleaid@singnet.com.sg

Webmaster

Mr. Shehan Nilaweera

Email: shehan40@hotmail.com



Webmaster



Mr. Rajiv W Soysa

Email: rajiv@industriewarren.com


Web Assistant

Mr. Saajid Salahudeen


Phone: (65) 9756-5977

Email: saajid@live.com.my


Our Interns

Many interns have volunteered their time to work at CandleAid and contribute to the less fortunate in Sri Lanka. Some of their comments are added below.

Jeane Liu - National University of Singapore (NUS)

“Working in a non-profit organisation is my passion and I wish to pursue a career in it in the future. I’ve learnt so much here, and CandleAid has certainly opened my perspectives about poverty”

Joshua Leung - Yale-NUS College

“The staff here at CandleAid are friendly and approachable! It has been a privilege working here and I hope that it will continue to light candles rather than curse the darkness for a long time to come”

Sim Yi Shien - Yale-NUS College

“CandleAid is my first international internship and I was excited to learn about the workings of a charity and how to contribute to the community”

A Kanages - NUS

“I would definitely recommend CandleAid to a friend. The experience was definitely eye-opening and enriching with amazing staff to assist along the way”

Tan Ying Jie - NUS

Interesting and warming… The principle behind the organization way of operating is unique, transparent and accountable, which is very different from most NGOs with similar target groups

Emily Koh Bei Lin - NUS

“My experience at CA was a fulfilling and wonderful one. I would highly recommend anyone who likes to expose themselves into the humanitarian work of field to come to CandleAid Lanka. CandleAid Lanka gives you a first-hand opportunity to interact with the beneficiaries and understand their plights”

Courtney Lim - NUS

“I would say my experience at CA was a very refreshing experience, not just from the nature of the work which was new to me, but more importantly because of the people there who showed me how to be the salt and light in my own community, encouraging me to persevere in my faith and give generously to others”