Originally from Sri Lanka, he moved to Rwanda thirty years ago and worked as a tea planter, finding success and a desire to engage in local community projects such as the Imbabazi Orphanage. He arrived in Rwanda in 1978 and rose to work as the Managing Director of the largest tea factory and plantation in Rwanda: Sorwathe thanks to his drive, ambition and a specialised knowledge in tea production thanks to his being a Chartered Electro-Mechanical Engineer.
Cally knew Rosamond Carr, founder of the orphanage, since the early 1980s when he was working at Sorwathe and involved with the Rotary Club of Kigali. The Imbabazi Foundation is dedicated to the health, safety and general welfare of the children that have been brought into its care and Cally assumed the role of Vice-President in 2006.
He is now set to fully retire and will return to Sri Lanka. On the last weekend of April, he and his family enjoyed a visit to Volcanoes Virunga Lodge in Rwanda, where we baked him a cake and said thank you for his work in the country before he leaves. He was a valued member of the Rwandan community and his work and input will be missed. We wish him happiness in his retirement!