Mukti Australia Partners in Sri Lanka
Wings of Hope
Wings of Hope works collaboratively with local faith communities to offer programs that promote a sense of personal worth and potential amongst women and children in Colombo’s slum communities and Hatton’s tea plantations.
Their programs seek to strengthen families and communities through education, health and nutrition, skills and vocational training, income generation and self-help groups, and awareness workshops.
Wings of Hope was established in 2013 by Rebecca Alexander. She herself is the daughter of tea plantation workers, and as a child she was sponsored under a similar program. With the opportunities provided to her through sponsorship she excelled at school, trained as an English teacher and eventually took up a position in an NGO teaching English to marginalised children in slum communities. Then in 2013 she started Wings of Hope, having experienced first-hand in her own life what a difference sponsorship and support can make in the life of a child and their family.
“Sponsorship changed my life completely and I am living proof of it. It is not only the financial support, but the prayers behind it. Many sponsors pray for their children, and I have seen miracles happen at the Centre where we work. Sponsorship transforms lives and it opens the doors of opportunity to children who have nothing. Sponsorship broke the cycle of poverty in my family. My sponsorship didn’t just help me, it helped my whole family. Sponsorship paved the way for a new beginning for my family, and our God is a God of hope and new beginnings. This is what Wings of Hope is all about”
Today Wings of Hope invests in the lives of over 200 children and their families. Sponsored children receive access to education, educational supplies (including school shoes, uniforms, books and stationery) and access to basic health care and nutrition (including check-ups, vaccinations, and nutritional supplements for newborns).
Young adults receive skills training and vocational support. Parents, particularly the mothers, receive skills training, income generation opportunities, and workshops on parenting, family planning, child protection and rights awareness. Wings of Hope also seeks to improve to living conditions and housing of families, in times of disaster seeks to offer relief such as food rations and emergency housing.
Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission, India and Wings of hope, Lanka