Daya and Sumi Thayan, the founders of UK care homes group Kingsley Healthcare, witnessed the devastation of the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 while they were staying at the Sri Lankan resort of Bentota.
Their response to the disaster, which left a confirmed death toll of 60,000 people across Sri Lanka with many more unaccounted for, was to set up the Lotus Foundation, a registered UK charity, to support affected communities....
The charity has gone on to improve the lives of children and their families and provide much needed support to communities across the island; over the past 14 years, the foundation has touched the lives of several thousand families in a positive way.
To maximise the benefit of its work, the Lotus Foundation has connected with and supports Ladani Foundation, a prominent charity in Sri Lanka which runs a number of orphanages.
In 2014, the work of the Lotus Foundation was augmented by a sister charity – the Velummayilum Foundation - launched with the aim of supporting families and community projects in the north of Sri Lanka.
Mr Thayan’s ancestral home is Point Pedro in the north of Sri Lanka and the Velummayilum Foundation is dedicated to the memory of his parents. The Lotus Foundation is funded entirely by the Thayan family and does not take corporate or private donations.