1999, Nandarani Devi saw the necessity to establish a program to
care for children who were orphaned or poverty-stricken in Sri Lanka.
In desperation, she decided to take in 23 children from the Trincomalee
district into her own home, providing them food, clothing and medical
care. Nandarani rented two houses in Colombo, one for the boys and
one for the girls, and took the children to the local temple for
meals and schooling.
2000, Mrs. R. Navaratnam and her family donated land to build a
suitable children’s home in memory of her husband, the late
Mr. Navaratnam. With the help of many donors, buildings were constructed
to accommodate more children. The present Children’s Home
contains dormitories, classrooms, a large kitchen, gardens, and
play areas for 75 children.
Gokulam – Bhaktivedanta Children’s Home acts as a benchmark
for service organizations around the country. It's quality driven
comprehensive care is a demonstration of the high standards other
institutions strive to attain.
Children’s Home is currently constructing new buildings for
more children, hoping to someday house 250 youth. The center has
already begun expansion of the girls’ dormitory, and plans
to build a new dormitory for the boys, as well as construct a new
Bhaktivedanta International School building.