The origin of St.Francis' Boy's Home goes back to 1959 when the Rev.Harry Perera, who then was the Vicar of St.Peter's Church, Koralawella, took a few orphaned boys for adoption.
By 1979 the Home had moved to four other locations and the number of children sheltered in the Home had grown to over 30.
After the Home had continued to be run with funds raised privately for almost twenty years it became an institution of the Diocese in 1978 and in the same year it was housed permanently in its present location MelKopiwatta, Minuwangoda, which is a property, with a coconut planation, ten acres in extent, gifted to the Bishop of Colombo by the Revd.Chrishantha de Mel. This was for the specific purpose of supplementing the running costs of the St.Francis Boys Home.
The Reverend Chrishantha de Mel later endowed the Home with another 25 acres of coconut land, the income of which was to be used not for running the home but for the development and maintenance of the immovable property and the infrastructure.
The Home provides care and security to Christian boys, between the ages of 6 to 18 years, from broken homes and those whose parents, due to abject poverty, cannot afford to give them even the basic necessities including opportunities of education.
To give the children a Christian upbringing and provide them with opportunities for growth in body mind and spirit so that by the time they leave the Home they would be ready to take their place in the Church and Society as responsible members. The home has facilities to care for an optimum number of 40 children.
Priority is given for the conduct of daily devotions in the Chapel and to provide meals and accommodations, facilities for extra help in school work, computer studies, vocational training, indoor and outdoor games and home gardening.
Administration and Management
Since the Home came under the patronage of the Diocese its administrative affairs have been governed by a Constitution and placed under a Committee of Management.
The Warden is responsible to the Committee of Management for the proper functioning of the affairs of the Home according to a given set of guidelines. The number of staff currently employed is five, which includes the Warden, the House Father, the House Mother, the Cook and the Gardener.
Telephone : 0112 298 283