Following a review of possible options, Inez’s house was sold in early 2019, and the proceeds of the sale invested as the Inez Andrée Capital Fund, to provide an income stream to fund charitable works.
The Houses for the Poor project
One of the strategies considered during our review of possible options mentioned above, was the divestment of the assets of the Trust to another registered charity. However, when we investigated suitable charities, we were dismayed by their high percentage of expenditure on overheads and fundraising, in comparison to the funds expended on the actual beneficiaries.
Fortunately, during our investigations, we were introduced to the work being carried out by Father Dilan Perera in Sri Lanka, with his “Houses for the Poor” project. We contacted Father Dilan, and he explained his philosophy to us:
“Helping a family move from living in a shack with dirt floor, no sanitary facilities and subject to the weather, to a modest two room rendered masonry house with concrete floor and windows, is much more than an improvement in their physical environment. The most profound benefit in gifting a house is the transformation of an entire family from a feeling of abject hopelessness, to a position of self respect and standing in their community.”
We felt the social return for the dollar being achieved by Fr Dilan was outstanding.
We examined the Trust’s Deed and Purposes. Our legal advice was that providing overseas aid, although not specifically identified as one of the original purposes of the Trust, was within the scope of activity allowed by our governing documents.
The direction of our future focus was obvious.
We are now partnered with Father Dilan to fund the construction of houses for deserving poor families in Sri Lanka. We committed to build our first house for the poor through the Inez Andree Capital Fund in April 2019, by sponsoring a house for Chaminda’s family in Puttalam, Sri Lanka. We are currently sponsoring construction of a house for Priyankara's family - also in Puttalam - which we expect will be completed around Easter 2020.
We are also now the promoters of the Houses for the Poor appeal in Australia, which we conduct through the website: www.housesforthepoor.org.au
The Trust is registered with the following government authorities:
The Trustees of the Inez Andrée Benevolent Trust are:
Sharne Andrée, Secretary and Director, Inez Andrée Charities Pty Ltd
Nick Andrée, Director, Inez Andrée Charities Pty Ltd
Peter Brannelly, Director, Inez Andrée Charities Pty Ltd
Bill Delaney, Director, Inez Andrée Charities Pty Ltd
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