DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY To Make a Difference

Berendina Development Services was established in 1982 by the founder Mrs. Berendina Borst discovering the community, living indigence in the small village of Lower Garagoda in Yatiyanthota, by engaging in futile trade and subsistence farming. In 1987 Mrs. Boast devised a foundation named Berendina Stitchting to brace her disposition of uplifting poverty and instigated services at Yatiyanthota by providing infrastructure facilities, safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation and eradicating malnutrition through healthcare programs. In the year 2005, Berendina Stitchting was registered under the legal entity and continued operations as Berendina Development Services Guarantee Limited in Sri Lanka.

Berendina Development Services operates in 6 Districts in Sri Lanka spread over fourteen Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the rural areas and over 69 estates in Nuwara-Eliya district incorporating leading RPCs, to assist the vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Focusing on the source of the challenges faced by poverty-stricken communities, we work to implement sustainable socio-economic projects throughout the rural and plantation sectors of the country. We work in the thematic areas of Wash Sanitation and Hygiene, Economic Development, Youth Empowerment, Advocacy and lobbying to nurture the lasting changes in the life of the most vulnerable community under the cross-cutting themes of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Environment Sustainability and Disability Inclusion. 

Berendina Development Services functions intimately in collaboration with the Regional Plantation Companies in the Central region and the State to leverage the life style of the developing communities and perceive them towards survival. We also work with the displaced community in the Northern region who faced trauma to persist among the war which took place over years in Sri Lanka. We converge with the District and Divisional Secretariat, MOH, Grama Niladhari, other INGOs and local institutions to deliver the requisite of the marginalized community.