Immediately after the Tsunami of December 2004 Helplanka was formed and started sending relief supplies to Sri  Lanka  by ship from the UK . The Trustees of the charity made field visits to the country and set up partners and programmes starting in Moratuwa . After the work in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami Helplanka moved its emphasis  to  helping special needs children and rural poor in non Tsunami affected areas of the country.  Our work with Deaf  and Blind  children ,war orphans , abandoned children , sexually exploited children and differently abled children continues. 

" Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstone of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development ..."

Kofi Anan 



The work of Helplanka was made possible post Tsunami with the help of other organisations we partnered with including the UK Sri Lanka Trauma Group who provided training and counselling. Adopt Sri Lanka who provided funding to build a nursery school and provide a fishing boat and nets .The Sri Lanka Red Cross , National Christian Council of Sri Lanka , The  Rajitha Senaratne Foundation, The  National Child Protection Agency,  The British High Commission Colombo ,The NGO Secretariat Colombo and a number of individuals, MP's and friends provided Helplanka with contacts, support,logistics and this allowed us to reach and help thousands of children in Sri Lanka. Helplanka was also supported by Sri Lankan Airlines , Glenn Carriers,  Brown and Company,  The Sri Lanka High Commission in London, IDM, Laksiri Seva ,Newslanka, Ceylon Daily News, Sirasa TV, Odel, Hiran Cooray Jetwing Hotels, Schools Relief Initiative,  Daily Mirror Sri Lanka, MD Gunasena Bookshops, The Samutthana Centre Colombo and a number of Sri Lankan personalities, pop stars  and business people including Bathiya and Santhush, Iraj, Lahiru Mudalige and Muditha Wijesundera have all assisted Helplanka. The charity is also indebted to Mrs Rosy Senanayake MP, Chandima Weerakody MP,  Susil Premajayantha MP, Jeevan Kumaratunga MP, Hon Dr Rajitha Senaratne MP, Dr Palitha Kohona and Mrs Kumari Balasooriya for their support guidance and assistance.  

What they have said

" I have no words to say how much I'm thankful to you for giving us this opportunity..... your help,happiness you gave is a world to the children of our school. We belong to two cultures and religions but God  sees we go on the same path. Thankyou "  English Teacher at  a school in Gampaha 

"Thankyou Helplanka! The programme is excellent really our students enjoyed very well ..... I hope and believe that you will give this happiness to everybody "  Sister Jacintha  Meth Mihira Special Education Centre Moratuwa 


  • Al Hilal Pre School Kirinda
  • Buona Vista Maha Vidyalaya Galle
  • St Mary's Convent School Matara
  • Atiyawala Vidyalaya Dankotuwa
  • Nirmala Montesoori Tangalle
  • Kalahe Gemunu School Galle
  • St Anthony's Boys School Panadura
  • Lakmali Pre School Hambantota
  • Anula Devi Vidyalaya Galle
  • Egoda Uyana Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Karandagoda Vidyalaya Beruwela
  • Piyaratne Vidyalaya Dodanduwa
  • Horwawala Vidyalaya Bentota 
  • De Soysa Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Sugatha Vidyalaya Kalutara
  • St Anthony's Girls School Panadura
  • Thilaka Kanishta Vidyalaya Boosa Galle
  • Lumbini Vidyalaya Gampaha
  • Podu Jaya Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Ugalbodda Vidyalaya Gampaha
  • Andaragasyaya Vidyalaya Tissamaharama 
  • Sisira Tiny Tots Pre School  Ja Ela 
  • Saddaramodaya Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Aluthgama Vidyalaya Bentota
  • Beralihela Vidyalaya Tissamaharama 
  • Uyana Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Osuwinna Vidyalaya Tissamaharama 
  • Janajaya Vidyalaya Moratuwa
  • Weerahela Vidyalaya Tissamaharama
  • Kande Vihara School Tissamaharama 
  • Rohana Deaf School Matara 
  • Nadigamwila Vidyalaya Tissamaharama
  • Nuffield Deaf School Jaffna
  • Magama Vidyalaya Tissamaharama
  • St Xavier's Vidyalaya Marawila 
  • Kalawanna Senanayake Vidyalaya Minuwangoda
  • St Joseph's Deaf School Ragama 
  • Harriet House School Hambantota 
  • Sivaraja Deaf and Blind School Mahawewa
  • Devapathiraja Vidyalaya Galle
  • Deaf and Blind School Tangalle
  • Siri Sumana Kanishta Vidyalaya Galle
  • Ranapandeniya Vidyalaya Galle  


  • Sambodhi Home Galle
  • Mother Theresa Orphanage Moratuwa
  • Meth Mihira Moratuwa
  • Barnasooriya Boys Home Hikkaduwa
  • Ramakrishna Centre Batticaloa
  • Seaton Cheshire Home Katana Negombo 
  • Children's Development Centre Ragama
  • Boys Town Diyagala Kandana
  • BS Jayawardene Boys Home Ja Ela
  • Girls Home Katukurunda Moratuwa
  • St James Centre Moratuwa
  • SHILPA Colombo
  • St Celia's Convent Batticaloa 

" No one has ever become poor from giving .." Anne Frank 


  • Nursery school construction in Hambantota
  • Building erected a St Anthonys Boys School Panadura
  • Fishing boat engine and nets provided in Matara
  • Child Sponsorship
  • IT Lab built and supplied in Minuwangoda
  • Trauma Counselling and Teacher training
  • Art Exhibition and competition
  • Volunteer Programmes
  •  2 cows provided at St Anhonys Girls School Panadura
  • Christmas Programmes
  • Educational best practice workshops
  • Play therapy workshops
  • Visits to the children's wards at the National Cancer Hospital Maharagama 
  • Donations of toys to orphanages
  • Donations of hearing aids
  • Donations of Photocopier machines
  • Teacher placement scheme 
  • Donations of computers
  • Drama workshops
  • Donations of wheel chairs
  • Building of playgrounds and supply of playground equipment
  • Sponsored school trips to The Zoo, Yala, Parliament , Rain Forest
  •  Donations of sports equipment
  • Donations of books
  • Mobile Library 
  • Wildlife and sustainability programme
  • Shoe Box appeal
  • First aid boxes provided to schools
  • Donations of school  uniforms 
  • Feeding programmes
  • Sponsoring an English teacher at a rural school on the East Coast
  • Help for children on tea plantations 
  • Music and drama programmes 
  • Helplanka school bags 
  • Helplanka Tri Shaw  
  • Interfaith Programmes
  • IT Scholarships
  • Donations of bicycles
  • Donations of crutches
  • Donations of cricket matting
  • Planting of trees
  • Donation of musical instruments
  • Donations of PA systems and microphones