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Previous Projects

Child Aid Lanka supports a range of projects in Sri Lanka. Working with local partner organisations, chosen because of their specific knowledge and involvement in their community, Child Aid Lanka can ensure that money and effort is used effectively and really helps those in need.

The charity has also been heavily engaged in the distribution of gifts throughout the Island especially in the Southern Provinces and Colombo. Items as varied as hospital equipment, Solar Panels and brick making machines to name but a few

In the past, Child Aid Lanka has supported a range of initiatives, including:

  • Providing computer education
  • Supporting a project helping children in the city of Colombo who had been abused;
  • Providing schools with books, computer equipment, toys and items for vocational training;
  • Providing funds and medical equipment to hospitals and a mobile medical unit;
  • Supporting projects to help rebuild communities destroyed by the tsunami and by the civil war;
  • Funding projects to provide water and sanitation to destitute and displaced communities;
  • Providing funds and equipment to projects to train young women for work in the garment industry – one of Sri Lanka’s biggest employers;
  • Funding solar panels to provide power for a boys home.

A list of beneficiaries from the fund-raising events from 1998 up to 2005.


  1. Prevention of Child Abuse Trust set up by the ABN AMRO Bank, a Colombo based trust, caring for children mostly in the city of Colombo and children in the coastal parts of the south with tourist resorts, to select with their expertise those requiring aid for distribution to them: Donated £5,896

  2. Samata Sarana, a well-known organisation educating and securing a future for young children from babies on to O-level standard, in their mother tongues, with special efforts to teach English, an international language, to enhance their job prospects. It is a Catholic institution in Mutwal and situated in a deprived area north-west of Colombo. Fr. Joe de Mel and his staff, educate children in a day school, which provides free mid-day meals to 450 children daily: Donated £750

  3. Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association established to help young misplaced and misguided young teenagers, to counsel and help them on to a road to a productive future and career to support themselves as responsible adults. It is an organisation in the City of Colombo with a special interest to rehabilitate drug addicts and children affected and abused in the city environment and train them to earn a living with advice and counselling in career prospects: Donated £750

  4. Sri Lankadhara Society Ltd. Set up by Dr & Mrs W A de Silva in 1922, successfully run by the present committee caring for orphans and underprivileged children from birth to the age of eighteen, before they leave to lead independent lives of their own. This is an organisation with 100 girls given shelter and education in a Buddhist orphanage in the City of Colombo: Donated £500

  5. Community Concern Society, Lotus Bud, a foster home caring for twenty- one children with a live-in staff, accommodated together as a quality home where they are a life long family, in the outskirts of Colombo. Run by Ms Ann Koelmeyer and her husband, the children are given the security of a family environment in the home and attend schools in Colombo: Donated: £500

  6. National Christian Council of Churches of Sri Lanka fund charities looking after the welfare of underprivileged children. In particular, for those affected adversely by the cyclone and floods that ravaged areas east of Sri Lanka, funds were released for relief that year: Donated £500

  7. "Project 2002" was to raise funds to freight a container with 150 computers donated by the University of Bangor, and some by friends and well-wishers. Also sent were Medical equipment collected from hospitals upgrading equipment, Car maintenance equipment donated by a well wisher closing down a garage in London, nearly 5,000 books given by schools in the borough of Harrow replenishing their stocks, organised by the Mayor of Harrow, 2003-2004, and 800 new books gifted by Harper Collins, the publishers in London, for young children as reading and reference. Also collected and sent were clothes, toys and many more items. These items were freighted from London by Child Aid Lanka, and cleared in the Port of Colombo for distribution by the state recognised organisation, Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association, to the various charities identified by Child Aid Lanka. The collected items for freighting were requested by some of the charities in the Island. The mechanical items, donated to SLANA, were to set up a car maintenance and service training, to promote job prospects for the trainees. Those items in excess were given to SLANA for distribution to other needy charities they were in contact with, to aid their projects in furthering their causes.

  8. At the end of 2004 an alliance was formed with the Rotary Club of Colombo, established seventy-six years ago, to carry out projects for underprivileged children in Sri Lanka. After discussing various projects, Rtn. Asgi Akbarally proposed that donations be channelled towards underprivileged schools, to provide fresh drinking water, sanitation, boundary walls, libraries and science labs. This can be an ongoing project that CAL can fund with monies raised, and further in the future as a partnership with the Rotary in the Island wide clubs, give other deprived and needy schools similar facilities to improve their quality of life. After the tsunami disaster on the 26th of December 2004, a sum of £1000 was immediately released to carry out necessary aid to affected areas where children were involved. CAL will take up similar projects with the guidance, support and supervision of these building projects by the Rotary. CAL will fund these from monies raised channelled through the Rotary Club of Colombo. A further donation of £850 was made for a drinking water supply to Weera Vijaya Wimalaratne Maha Vidyalaya, Inamaluwa, Dambulla Project.

  9. A sum of £500 was donated to the Zonta Club 1 of Colombo, an international women's organisation in Colombo, to support a Convalescent and Rehabilitation home and school, a charitable centre for children in Ragama. This home houses children who are sick and cannot be cared for by their parents due to poverty and deprivation. A request has been made by CAL to Zonta Club to support in addition children abandoned, disabled, traumatised and orphaned by the tsunami by giving them a home where they will be cared for, sheltered and schooled till they can fend for themselves.

  10. Mudita Foundation has supported the Mudita Children's Home in Galkande, Munihirigama, Hettipola, to further their facilities to orphaned children and others regardless of ethnicity, creed or culture. £500 was donated by Child Aid Lanka.

  11. Canaan Children's Home. Cares for children displaced, traumatised and orphaned by the prevailing situation in the Jaffna peninsula. A sum of £500 was donated.

  12. Donation received by Child Aid Lanka after the tsunami disaster from the Gujarati community in Harrow; £2,000, donated to the Rotary Club of Colombo for the Ulla Arugam Bay project.

  13. Child Aid Lanka deeply appreciates the support of their Members, Associates and Friends.


Some of the causes we have supported


CAL - Rotary; Choir at Dambulla Project

CAL - Rotary; Choir at Dambulla Project

CAL - Rotary; Choir at Dambulla Project

CAL - Rotary; Dambulla Project Procession


Nisala Sevana - Mawanella; Handicapped Child

Nisala Sevana - Mawanella; Handicapped Child

CAL - Zonta; Ragama Home

CAL - Zonta; Ragama Home


CAL - SLANA; computer training

CAL - SLANA; computer training

Sri Lankadhara; vegetable cultivation

Sri Lankadhara; vegetable cultivation


Train struck by Tsunami - Ambalangoda

Train struck by Tsunami - Ambalangoda

CAL - Rotary; Dambulla Potable Water Project

CAL - Rotary; Dambulla Potable Water Project