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The Manacare Foundation

Manacare considers its mission as a handshake of peace and goodwill

Since its formation in 1994 the Manacare Foundation has provided help and support to those most in need across the world. Manacare occasionally responds to emergencies such as tsunamis and war, however we primarily set up long term self-sustaining autonomous projects. The organisation, formed by Joy Butler Markham in 1994, continues to address the needs of those individuals most neglected by society, such as children, the elderly and the physically challenged. “We aim to make all our projects self sustaining and autonomous. Manacare is totally committed to transparency and we can guarantee that none of our managerial staff or trustees take a salary or have a company car. All our proceeds are used to directly support our projects- what you see at Manacare is what you get!”

Our projects include:
• Providing shoes for children in Siberia
• Setting up a physiotherapy centre in the East and West Bank in Egypt
• Feeding street orphans in Sierra Leone
• Providing food and clothing to under privileged children in Chile
• Educating under privileged children in the Philippines
• Providing clean water in Uganda
• Providing clothing and shoes to under privileged rural children in China
• Setting up an orphanage in Lithuania
• Providing food and clothing to under privileged children in South Africa
• Updating Forfar & Arniel’s Medical Reference Books in hospitals and schools World Wide

“These projects are now almost totally self sustaining and autonomous. Our current project is in Sri Lanka was set up in 2004 immediately after the tsunami. We initially came to help rebuild houses which had been destroyed in the tsunami, however after extensive survey work we realised that what was really needed was Community Development and Infrastructure. We shipped ten 20ft containers worth of aid items, collected in Spain and Gibraltar and then purchased initial building materials and land to set up the Hopes and Dreams Village in Tellawatte. Hopes and Dreams Village provides education, physiotherapy and social care to physically challenged adults and children. We also teach vocational skills and provide employment to the local community through our housemaid training courses and handicraft workshop.”

Manacare considers its mission as a handshake of peace and goodwill and a step towards the hope that people from different lands and cultures can work together and, whilst caring about each other, ultimately take a stride towards the achievement of peace on our earth.

Virtual Volunteering
Support us from the comfort of your home, by helping out with tasks such as admin work, writing thank you letters, designing newsletters, running our social media accounts and crowdsourcing additional funds. All you need is a computer and access to the internet!

All of the Manacare Foundations projects are self-sustaining. One of the main ways we support our projects is through our Handicrafts workshop. We can create a variety of custom and bulk order high quality items for your business or home. Below is just a small fraction of the products we are able to make, we also make soaps and staff uniforms for Hotels, door stops, bunting for parties and clothing.

Sponsored Events

From sponsored walks to fashion shows to sky dives to bake sales – the possibilities are the endless!

Just £5 a month can help us provide much needed essentials such as bandages, nappies, rice and also fabric for our handicrafts workshop.
You can send us a donation through PayPal and via Bank Transfer.
Please contact Joy for more information on how to send monetary donations directly to the Manacare Foundation.

Contact Joy for more details
Tel : +94 77 77 36 112
E mail :


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