Breaking the cycle of poverty

The Children Home

Starting in 1991, the foundation Silvia's Kinderhilfe was running a registered orphanage in Hikkaduwa for more than 24 years.  


Silvia Sommer 1994Silvia Sommer 1994
Rino Sommer 2011Rino Sommer 2011

Soon after the foundation started, it became clear to the founder couple Silvia and Rino Sommer that most of the children placed in the care of the foundation were not orphans. 80% of the children had a living parent but were abandoned mostly because of socioeconomic problems.

Thus the foundation started to support children of single mothers, and in a few cases as well children with fathers unable to work due to sickness or disability.

The so-called Family Help Program was growing steadily, in parallel to the children home. After the Tsunami the foundation reached out to help children in the Hambanthota area as well.

In 2015 the decision was made, to close down the children home and to use the financial resources available for projects outside institutional care. Currently the foundation supports approx. 350 children in the Southern Province, Uva Province and Central Province with micro scholarships. In addition, the foundation is granting student scholarships for higher education.