Wijewewardane Childrens Home & Womens Vocational Training Centre
The ancestral home in Walana stands on a 2 acres plot of land which my father and his brother - Don Charles, inherited in equal share. At my father's death he had willed it to the Buddhist Congress to be run as a Orphanage. The Buddhist Congress in turn handed it to a committee to run it and my cousin Nissanka Wijewardane ( the former Secretary to Governor General of Sri Lanka and later Chairman Bank of Ceylon ) was the Chairman of the committee from 1965 to 1982 and I took over as Chairman of the committee from 1982 to 1994. Since 1994 Nissanka is Chairman again.
My grand parents also built Walana Temple just few yards from their home and a School (Photos of the school not avalble at this time). Their ashes are buried at the school grounds.
Photograph of the house, temple, and school
Sign board on the main Colombo-Paranadura road
My grandparent's house now an orphanage
Back view of the house
Shrine room at the house
Vocational Training built after 1965
Vocational Training -- Weaving
Wijewardane Home Band
Committee, background is the kitchen the girls catered in to supplement
Children at the home