We are excited to announce that we made a $1,500 disbursement to project “Home Town,“ our backpack project in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The project is aptly named because Nanda, our trusted point of contact, grew up in Colombo. After he moved to Sweden, he forged a 25-year relationship with our legacy organization, SAS U-Assist. As a result, we now have a well-run project in Sri Lanka.
Each 35-dollar backpack is filled with schoolbooks, school supplies, shoes, and a uniform or materials to sew one. Our contribution was met with additional funds from SAS U-Assist and, together, we were able to donate a total of 165 backpacks. Nanda was also able to purchase 15 much needed wheel chairs that will be used in Bentota, Kandy, and Colombo with a portion of the SAS U-Assist contribution.
Nanda and his team worked hard to put all this together. It is truly amazing how much work goes into purchasing the materials and customizing the backpacks for the children. All the items need to be age and size specific so that the proper books, shoes, and uniforms are handed out. Below are some photos from the backpack distribution ceremonies. By the way, if you are wondering about the spelling of the word “project” on the logo, Nanda simply used the Swedish spelling.