Hello my name is Huda, and this August I will be taking a trip to Sri-Lanka to volunteer in a children's orphanage with the organisation plan my pay year. In Sri Lanka today, institutional care is the fate of many children who have been abandoned by their parents. According to UNICEF, out of over 21,000 children in orphanages in Sri-Lanka, one or both parents of over 19,000 of them are still alive. Poverty is a root cause with families feeling they cannot afford to adequately provide for the child and give them the education and start in life they need and deserve. My role as a volunteer will be to help encourage and care for these children, provide them with much needed confidence and to help maximise their potential. I will be teaching them english, organising activities and helping the orphanage provide them with the best care possible.
Plan my gap year supports two orphanages in Ambalangoda The first one is their main orphanage programme and that is a girl’s orphanage funded by an international NGO. There are 18 girls at the home, aged between 5 to 14 years of age. The second one is a government-funded orphanage, which cares for 80 boys and girls aged between 6 to 18 years of age. And I could be placed in either one of them.
Plan my gap year is an independent organisation. It is not funded by the government so the funds raised will go towards my trip. The orphanages based in Ambalangoda rely heavily on the help they get from volunteers throughout the year, and they benefit a lot from the help they receive from volunteers. I know this will be a very rewarding and memorable experience, therefore, I will really appreciate if you could donate to support my trip no amount is too small and thank you very much in advance!