Arobanam Children Fund was founded to primarily help one single home namely Arobanam Boys Home. At that time in 1992, the home which accommodated 38 children came extremely close to being shut down due to a serious lack of funding. As soon as this dilemma was brought to our attention in London, we rallied together to raise as much money as possible to help the situation. As a result we raised over £1200 for Fr. James Pathinathan to continue looking after these parentless children, while we all pondered over what to do next.
We realised that even though we raised a significant sum of money, a one-off fund raising activity such as the dinner/dance was not the long term solution. The children of Sri Lanka needed a better way forward.
With this in mind and fuelled by the passion behind our cause, in 1995 the organisation known as Arobanam Children Fund (ACF-UK) was established. Our charity status was obtained in March 1999.
Since this time we have come a long way to help children in need in Sri Lanka, and have advanced in our fundraising and support that we are committed to provide. For example, as a result of the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 one of ACF-UK’s homes, Senthalir, was completely destroyed and sadly we lost 111 of our children. We were overwhelmed with what was expected of us, and immediately took on the task of rebuilding Senthalir with the help of our supporters globally.