who you help:

You help children (ages 5-14) living in poverty-stricken areas of Colombo. These children do not have the necessary supplies to attend school and are unable to get an education.

how you help:

Your donation goes towards providing each child with a backpack that contains everything they need to attend school: shoes, a school uniform, school books, and school supplies.

A complete backpack costs around $35. The individual breakdown is as follows: backpack ($4), shoes ($7-9), school uniform ($11), schoolbooks ($6), and school supplies ($6.50). Smaller donations will go towards filling the backpacks.


Initially, we hope to raise enough money for 300 backpacks.


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. In the past, he has partnered with local Lion’s Club chapters to donate backpacks in other parts of Sri Lanka. For this specific project, we will be working directly with him and his organization, SweLanka.

assessment visit:

Anne-Catherine and Michael, of You Assist, traveled to Sri Lanka from March 15-23, 2012. They visited several schools in Bentota, Habarana, and Kandy where they participated in backpack donation ceremonies at each school. The backpacks were donated by SAS U-Assist.