After many years of preparation, Helène Heijen and Jan van Beek from their location in Bussum bought four hectares of land in Sri Lanka, where they wanted to start a training and rehabilitation center for physically disabled and disadvantaged young people. In 2004, this land was donated to the Hellabeem Sri Lanka Trust. In 2006, Helène and Jan left The Netherlands for Hellabeem Sri Lanka, which became operational in 2007.
The Hellabeem campus in Sri Lanka consists of four hectares (10 acres) of land in the south of Sri Lanka. This land was purchased by the founders Jan van Beek and Helène Heijen.
Helène Heijen and Jan van Beek decided during one of their trips abroad to switch gears and start a development project. Helène comes from a therapeutic background, and Jan has a technical background. Together they had sufficient expertise to start the Hellabeem project.