In the 1970s, Canadian Paul Hogan lived in Toronto where he was a street artist. In 1983, he was one of the founders of the Spiral Garden in Toronto, an art therapy program to sick children in hospitals. This initiative gave him insight into the extraordinary power of art in all its forms to relieve emotional suffering and promote recovery.
In 1994, the organization sent Paul Hogan to Sri Lanka to assess the situation of children traumatized by war and natural disasters. A year later, he started raising funds to establish the Butterfly Peace Garden. With financial support from the Canadian government, the organization was finally able to begin its work on the ground in 1996. The main objective: to provide social and psychological support to Sri Lankan children by giving them the opportunity to express their artistic creativity.