Sri Lanka Ctr of Hope
AG Sri Lanka
CENTER OF HOPE
Center of Hope, is the social service arm of People’s Church bringing the message of hope to the rejected, the poor, and the vulnerable all across Sri Lanka.
The Center of Hope is the compassion arm of People’s Church Assembly of God, Sri Lanka. Although today it is a multi-site, multi-service program, it started with one simple initiative, over 30 years ago, in Mattakkuliya.
The Summitpura slum in Mattakkuliya, also known as ‘Seventeen Acres of Hell,’ emerged when the government of Sri Lanka forcibly relocated hundreds of families to Mattakkuliya, in a bid to clean up the city of Colombo in 1976, in time for the ‘Non-Aligned Movement Summit.’ Pastor Colton Wickramaratne’s wife, Susanne, moved by the plight of the inhabitants of this community, who were left to fend for themselves in crowded makeshift houses with no basic facilities, began a modest feeding program in 1979. Her aim was to meet the needs of this community and to show them they were not forgotten. In time, this one program grew into what is now called the Center of Hope.
Today, the Center of Hope encompasses Kidz Klubz, community centers called Centers of Hope, and Rays of Hope.
Thank you Calvary for your years of support!