project status:

COMPLETED – We reached our initial goal for this project! Any donations made here will go towards ongoing projects.

who you helped:

You helped children (ages 5-14) living in poverty-stricken areas of Colombo and in the town of Bentota. These children did not have the necessary supplies to attend school and were unable to get an education, nor did the schools have the proper equipment and supplies to encourage attendance.

how you helped:

Your donations went towards providing each child with a backpack that contained everything they needed to attend school: shoes, a school uniform, school books, and school supplies. Project Hometown and Project Eriksson in Colombo and Bentota provided 367 students with backpacks.

Donations to Bentota also provided the school with a playground (which typically encourages attendance), a library, and furniture for for the principal’s office.


The 367 backpacks distributed clearly surpassed our goal of 300 backpacks in total while also helping with a school play ground, a library, and an office.

Future goals include identifying well vetted projects with the help of our partner Nanda Kodipelli.


Nanda is originally from Sri Lanka, but currently lives in Sweden. He has a proven track record of working with Karl Eriksson and SAS U-Assist for over 25 years. We work with him directly and his organization SweLanka. In turn, this group often partners with local Lion’s Clubs to implement these projects.

assessment visit:

Anne-Catherine and Michael, of You Assist, traveled to Sri Lanka in March 2012. They visited several schools where they participated in backpack donation ceremonies.