UAE-based charity will set up orphanage in Sri Lanka

ABU DHABI — Friends of the Orphans of Galle (FOG), a charity organisation based in the UAE, will build an orphanage at Galle, one of the worst-affected areas of Sri Lanka at an estimated cost of Dh500,000.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Sat 19 Feb 2005, 10:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:31 PM

FOG raised Dh193,000 (over $50,000) at a charity event organised at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Wednesday, which according to he organisers, brings the total committed funds to over Dh280,000 and equates to approximately 57 per cent of the total target.

The amount was raised by undertaking a unique task of launching a 'Wall of Hope', wherein contributors can buy a brick for Dh50 — which is the same price as the construction cost of one square foot of the orphanage. Over 420 bricks were sold and a certificate was issued to everyone.

"After the tragedy of December 26, we decided that instead of doing a fund-raising event and just handing the money over to one of the many worthwhile charities down there, we would undertake a specific project and not only raise enough funds to build it but to actively oversee the construction of it and to support it over time to come," Lisa, one of the committee members, elaborated on how the concept was born.

Some of the committee members of FOG are already off to Sri Lanka to study the project and conduct site visit.

"The committee will deal directly with every aspect of the overall construction of the orphanage, from the initial planning and tendering phases, putting in place the official contract and right through to the final stages such as painting of the walls etc. This will be done in a number of ways but include on-site visits by selected members of the committee on a regular basis," she added.

"Abu Dhabi Mums" have come on board and are running concurrent fund-raising events. Their funds will be used to furnish the building. They are also collecting specific items every month from their members like toys and blankets.

"The initial stages of the fund-raising to date has been primarily associated with different fund-raising events, individual donations and various donations from local companies and organisations. However, the next phase of the fund-raising is to appeal to the larger corporate companies within the UAE which can help us make the difference and achieve our target goal," said the organisers.

Those wishing to donate can contact Gearoid Leen at 050-5463701, or Lisa at 050-4438467, or email at

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