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CandleAid assists low-income families by supporting them under its Food Programme, giving them a monthly subsistence of LKR 3,000 by enrolling them in the GAM program. At any given time, we have about 200 such families. If there are 4 people in each family, it means we are assisting 800 people. You may be one of our current sponsors or you may be a potential sponsor who is browsing this page. We are confident that you will be happy to be associated with this programme.

Selections of beneficiaries for a sponsorship

Recipients are selected with careful consideration through a laid down procedure to determine their eligibility for assistance irrespective of race or religion. After assessing their financial circumstances preference is given to families with children. The selected family will be monitored by a Coordinator who has the responsibility to keep CandleAid informed of any changes of circumstances of the family.

The family also will submit an initial letter of thanks and acknowledgement to the sponsor once enrolled. Further the family will write at least once a year to the sponsor giving an update of their status. The sponsor can contact the recipient family by phone or surface mail or visit the family if desired.

Two months before the sponsorship expires CandleAid will write to the sponsor seeking his/her intention regarding the continuation of the sponsorship. The overview gives more fuller information.

Sponsorship terms

Minimum period of sponsorship is one year, and the sponsor has the discretion to renew thereafter. If there is any impediment to do so, the sponsor will give CandleAid at least a month’s notice so that we could find a new sponsor for the family.

The total annual commitment is LKR 39,600 which includes an administrative fee of 10%.

Stories of some selected families

1). Mr P Ganesh & family - Katubedda, Moratuwa

Ganesh is a ‘pavement cobbler’ earning his family’s ‘daily bread’ at the Katubedda Junction. His wife works as a cleaner and odd-job labourer when she can find work. They have four children and all are studying. Their eldest son is following a Computer hardware course and their 2nd son sat for his G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination in May 2023 and is awaiting the results. The 3rd child is studying in Grade 07 and the youngest daughter started schooling from this year and she is in Grade 01. The cobbler’s income and his wife’s paltry earnings are insufficient for the family to make even a bare living. CandleAid has enrolled them in our Gift-A-Meal program.

2). Mrs. Wedage Sriyani – Ihala Gama, Deniyaya

Sriyani is 35 years old, a widow with 4 children.  Her husband died in 2020 from a brain tumor. Her sole income is what she derives by selling sweets and betel in a mobile kiosk. If lucky she makes about LKR 6,000 a month.  Her eldest son is studying in Grade 12 and the 2nd son is in Grade 10. Her 3rd Son is in Grade 06 and the youngest son attends preschool. He is suffering from tongue-tied disease and attends the clinic once a month at Karapitiya General Hospital. The income earned by Sriyani is inadequate for their day-to-day expenses and children’s educational expenses.

The situation is pathetic with hardly an answer in sight. CandleAid has them in the Gift-A-Meal program and are looking for ways to help them more.

There are too many families suffering from hunger in Sri Lanka. Sadly, most affected are the children. We are simply trying to do what we can at least to feed some of the hungry.

Statistics as of 30th June 2023

Total families assisted - 838

Current Families - 191

Current sponsors - 99

Current coordinators - 145

GAM Overview

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