Current Project 1 - Hope for Children project with The Lions Club of Colombo

The Lions International Club of Sri Lanka has served the community for 58 years, assisting in the treatment of many underprivileged children with life threatening illness.                                        . 

The National Cancer Institute of Maharagama Cancer Hospital is a University affiliated center where children with malignancies varying from leukemia to malignant tumors are treated. The age group of these children range from infants to teenagers. 


The parents of these children cannot afford funds that are required for their treatment protocols. Many of these children also succumb to infections because the parents are unable to afford expensive antibiotics needed.  Some of these children have had their limbs amputated due to complications from bone cancer. They are in need of prosthetic limbs which cost more than the annual income of their families. 

Sri Lanka Medical Association North America-West and the Lions International Club of Sri Lanka have joined to help these underprivileged children live cancer free lives.   Lions Club is launching the “HOPE FOR CHILDREN” project which will procure required medication, prosthetic limbs and other necessary equipment, which will be directly purchased and distributed through the Medical Director in charge of the children’s unit at The National Cancer Institute of Maharagama Cancer Hospital.  

The Lions Club of Colombo is very thankful to the President, office bearers and members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association North America - West for pledging substantial financial support to carry out the project successfully. This project will not only help the children but also relieve their traumatized parents who can hardly afford their daily living, let alone purchase lifesaving drugs.  In addition, young children whose limbs have been amputated would receive adjustable artificial limbs, so that they can attend school and live normal lives.

The SLMANA - West Committee will coordinate and transfer financial assistance.  Lion Lady Hiranya Jayalath will be the coordinator and liaison officer for the Lions Club of Colombo.  
We appeal to all kind hearted and compassionate people to please help us make this worthy cause a success by donating towards this project that would help make cancer free lives for these children. Please join us in this humanitarian effort to realize the hopes, dreams and visions of healthy lives for the cancer afflicted children through the “HOPE FOR CHILDREN” project.


Current Project 2 - From Darkness to Light - A fundraiser for a community resource center at The National Council for Mental Health Sri Lanka

Current Project 2 - From Darkness to Light - A fundraiser for a community resource center at The National Council for Mental Health Sri Lanka

Current Project

Our 2016 project is open for donations and volunteer efforts. There is a lack of mental health literacy in Sri Lanka and this promotes stigma and limited access to optimal care. Stigma associated with mental illness is highly prevalent in Sri Lanka communities, causing those suffering from mental illness and their families to endure prejudice, discrimination, and harassment and this is the main obstacle to the provision of optimal care for people with mental illness.  

Past Project - Kurunegala Cancer Hospital - 2015

The Oncological Surgeon of this unit was greatly handicapped due to non-availability of the surgical equipment supplied though your kind intervention. These items are not available even in other surgical departments of this hospital. In fact the supply of the equipment is a great boon to the onco-surgery unit of this hospital. They are being now used for surgery.

"We are very grateful to you and your organization for the kind gesture in donating the equipment worth Rs. 3,022,034.00. We were greatly handicapped without a Sagital  Micro saw and other accessories sent by you. Now we are taking maximum use of them and were able to clear the backlog of surgeries within a short period."

 A Sagital micro saw

A Sagital micro saw

 A letter of gratitude from the Kurunegala Cancer Hospital

A letter of gratitude from the Kurunegala Cancer Hospital


Significant advances were made in the treatments of breast cancer patients and cancer surgery patients - with nearly 1,000 new admissions made for the hospital. SLMANA-West ensured that the specialized cancer unit could provide for screening, diagnosis, staging, treatment, follow up care, support and palliative care. The funding also provided for more advanced forms of care, including surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy and iodine therapy.

Patients are able to be referred directly for immediate care, with new patients being assessed by a consultant physician. The intranet and data collection have all become computerized, to assist with streamlining patient care. The funds also supported the surgical theater, which allowed for many major and minor surgeries to be completed. 

SLMANA-West has partnered with the Wayamba Cancer Society to provide additional funds to support more radiotherapy, iodine treatments and MMG treatments. We hope to upgrade to a fully-equipped, efficient, patient friendly cancer unit but require more funds to fulfill this aim. 

Past Project - Porridge Nutrition Drink - Kola Kanda - 2015

Past Project - Porridge Nutrition Drink - Kola Kanda - 2015

Starting in 1994, a series of mysterious deaths were discovered in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, mostly among rice paddy farmers. Without adequate specialized treatments most patients succumbed to the illness in a year or two. These individuals were the bread winners of the family which led to the surviving family becoming destitute and literally starving. Our program involves the preparation of a “kanda” (a special porridge) out of the traditional varieties of rice and green leafy vegetables. We serve it as breakfast in the schools to the children of the areas that have the highest prevalence of CKD, in the North Central Province. 

Children's Heart Project - 1998

With the generous contribution of the proceeds of the 1998 Dinner and Dance event we were able to purchase and donate pediatric cardiac surgical instruments worth over $ 10,000.00 to the Children’s Heart Center at the National Hospital in Colombo.

The children of Sri Lanka, with heart defects and diseases, and their parents, are thankful for your support. They greatly appreciate your generosity. The project and the children thank each and every one of you who responded to our fund raising appeals.

Since the inception of the Project in 1990, our accomplishments are:

Ø  17 missions.

Ø  Purchase of over $ 20,000.00 worth of surgical instrument that were donated to the pediatric cardiac program at the National Hospital in Colombo.

Ø  Donation of 2 refurbished Heart-lung perfusion machines valued at$ 50,000.00.

Ø  Purchase of 10 optic loupes for the cardiac surgeons National and Jayawardenapura Hospitals. Each valued at $1,500.00.

Ø  Purchase of a new State of the art Heart-Lung perfusion machine, valued at $85,000.00.This was possible due to generosity of SLMANA West and another benefactor.

Ø  Donation of an $ 185,000.00 SONOS 5500 HP Echocardiography machine with the assistance of another Foundation (founded by a Sri Lankan in England).

Ø  Shipment of over $2.5 million worth of donated and purchased medical and surgical supplies and medicines for the cardio-thoracic surgical units, cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac unit.

Ø  Help in the opening of a Children’s Heart Center at the National Hospital in Colombo.


Sri Lanka has a birth rate of 18.16 per 100,000 populations. The incidence of heart defects are 8 to 10 per1000 live births. Hence with the population now close to 20,000, 000 the number of children born with heart defects in Sri Lanka is estimated around 2500 per year. Of these about 1500 per year will need surgical or catheter intervention. Many of these defects if corrected at the appropriate time will affect a cure and will enable these children to be contributing adults than be a burden to society. Many of the families of these children do not have the financial means to pay for surgery. They depend on the National Health system or the generosity of others.


Prior to 1990 less than 50 open heart procedures were done at General (National) Hospital in Colombo. Now with your support and generosity and the progress made by the Project a 500 pediatric surgeries per year can be done at the National Hospital in Colombo.


The Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo has a Cardiac subspecialty Unit. With the leadership of the Director, Dr. Jayantha Wimal and the cardiologist Dr. Narenthiram a project proposal to set up a Specialized Pediatric Cardiac Center at the Children’s Hospital has been initiated. This will greatly expedite the diagnostic and surgical procedures which are currently done at the National Hospital. Funding is needed to supplement government involvement.