Because Some Things Are Too Precious To Gamble On

Who we are

The founder of Rachel’s Kids Development Fund is Dr. Rachel Navaneelan, a local dentist in Cornwall. Dr. Rachel initiated a charity auction and garden party to be held in her backyard garden to raise funds to assist victims of the Tsunami. The aim of the fundraiser was to bring awareness and to raise money to benefit underprivileged children in Sri Lanka, her native country. Some of these children were orphaned and/or displaced due to past ethnic disturbances and many others were orphaned and displaced due to the Tsunami tragedy on December 26th, 2004.


What we do

Rachel’s Kids helps fund several projects around the world through the Rachel’s Kids Development Fund. We raise money throughout the year, primarily from individual donors and through a fundraising auction held each year. Rachel’s Kids uses the money we raise to support our work with children who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty. We support numerous projects both here in Canada and overseas. Click on the following links to learn more about some of our more recent efforts.


Fostering Programs

If you would like more information on the Foster Program please contact Michelle Contant at


Pavithran Rajakumar
11 years old

Dilojaan Jeyachandran
9 years old

Thamilselvan Tharmalingam
9 years old

Rootson Nagarasa
3 years old

Vijay Kumar Prasad
3 years old

Helping Hands

Rachel’s Kids launched the Helping Hands program – an off shoot of Small Moments of Joy. There were many very young children suffering from serious illness but because of their age group, they were really too young to need or express their interest for a small moment. With this program we are able to focus on the families of the children: Helping Hands helps families support the cost of having a child in an intensive care unit by providing gas cards, food cards and parking passes and any extra medical utilities etc.

The Story of Epic E

Eleanor who at just six months old was diagnosed with a massive abdominal tumour – half the size of a volleyball, and growing – has already undergone one marathon surgery. She was not even a year old, and ‘Epic E’ as they’re calling her, was already a medical marvel. Rachel’s Kids, provided the family with a specially-designed stroller that allowed easy transport for Eleanor after her surgeries and gas cards in order for them to be able to afford the travel back and forth to the hospitals.

Global Work

Foster Parents Plan in Sri Lanka! Since 2009, we have been proud to partner with Mount Carmel and St. Mary’s Churches, and more recently with Moolai and Omenthai schools in Sri Lanka...


Grass Roots Initiative

Grass Roots Initiative is a community focused initiative that encourages and financially supports individuals, groups and organizations to develop programs and projects...


Small Moments of Joy

A program focused on local children battling life threatening or chronic illness: Small Moments of Joy will grant “wishes” for these children – with the goal of allowing them to forget their illness for a moment or two and focus on a moment of joy. Our goal is to aid in the recovery process by providing a positive and happy experience for the children and their families. Small Moments of Joy is Rachel’s Kids program, supported by its Board of Directors.

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I have to send out another huge thank you to Rachel's Kids for once again making our Kohen smile! Beautiful balloons and cake definitely made his day although running around the office probably would have been enough. Once again you are all amazing for everything you do, we can't thank you enough ❤️
Jessie McDonald
April 1, 2016
Our daughter Shanelle was born Dec 5th 2015 @ 25 weeks & weighed in at 1 pound 10 ounces. She is currently at the Ottawa General Hospital in the NICU, and will be there approximately until March. Words can't explain how extremely thankful we are to Rachel's Kids for their wonderful donation to our family especially at this time of year. It will greatly help out with our everyday trips to visit our sweet lil angel. Again Thank You from the bottom of our hearts! The Cadieux Family xo
Candace Cadieux
December 17, 2015
I was thrilled to be the successful bidder on the painting - Dancing in the Sun, by the lovely Betty Healey which she donated to the Rachel's Kids auction. I am proud that it will hang in the paradigm shift showroom in Ottawa.
Gillian Oxley-Harper
June 7, 2015
Thank you Rachel's Kids for the special bear my son received during his stay at the Cornwall Community Hospital! This was the first real smile we'd seen in days...
Frank Doe
May 20, 2015