Nest Community Based Mental Health Sri Lanka

Mrs. Sally Hulugalle started Nest with Mrs. Kamini de Soysa in 1984 because of what they came across at Unit 2 in Mulleriyawa and immediately formed the island wide campaign "The Forgotten Women". This was to make life more comfortable for the nearly 1500 women in Unit 2 (long term Psychiatric Care for women only). The women were incarcerated for life, and subject to enormous suffering. Its name has changed to Halfway Home, Mulleriyawa, and Nest has continued to nurture and help the women to acquire skills to use in the Halfway Home, at home and in the Community. The total number of women today is around 443. Nest has evolved and works to strengthen families and individuals island wide. The Community Health Workers train Communities to cope when a crisis occurs so that their kith and kin may remain in their own home and not be abandoned to Institutionalization. Training of Community Health Workers began in 1990. In 2004 Nest signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health to run a Skills Development Centre at the Half Way Home (once called Unit 2).

What we do

Nest conducts programs to strengthen and support the Community.
Find out more here

Where we are located

Nest Community Health Workers are all over Sri Lanka. It has an office in Colombo called The Niche and has 4 residential Centres and a School of Community Health Work and Development Learn More

Join and help

Your donations support our Community work and every donation, be it cash or kind, receives an official Nest receipt and letter from its Finance department. Please click here for more details

The Aims and Objectives of Nest

  • To promote happiness (in families, individuals and the environment).
  • To lift the yoke of labeling, institutionalisation and stigmatisation.
  • To promote understanding in the areas of mental health and wellbeing
  • To promote justice and freedom
  • To help women, children, families and individuals to cope within their communities
  • To encourage development in public services and the environment

Nest is registered

  • Nest is an independent, community based, local, Mental Health Organization
  • Nest is registered with the Ministry of Social Services since 1987
  • Nest is an ‘Approved Charity’ by Act of Parliament
  • Nest is a ‘Non-Profit’ making Company