Sambol Foundation

The Sambol Foundation promotes the protection of women and children affected by domestic violence in Sri Lanka. Sheltered accommodation and education should improve the living situation. Detailed information about the foundation's work can be found here.

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As a charitable foundation we cover the costs for the construction and operation of the shelter with donations. With your donation you contribute to the fact that women affected by violence with their children have the possibility to escape and help.

Sambol Guest Houses

By staying in one of our holiday homes you support the foundation financially and give job opportunities. We are happy to welcome you in the Garden House with saltwater pool. Click here to book your stay at one of our beautiful houses.


About us

We are Devika (33), a trained graphic designer and former employee of the girls shelter in Zurich, and Luca (35), after studying in Management & Economics, head of administration of FC Zurich.


In 2017, after much planning, we decided to abandon our tents in Zurich and cancel our esteemed jobs in order to develop two long-standing projects of the heart. Together with our daughter we moved to Sri Lanka, Devika's country of birth. The aim of our work is to contribute to sustainable tourism. This serves as the basis for the project supported by the foundation, a shelter for women and children affected by violence.


We want to create beautiful places for recreation. These should be ecologically, socially and culturally embedded and serve as a successor solution for the people of the shelter. The strengthening and promotion of mentally / physically weak women and children should also be implemented through cooperation in tourism businesses.


In the years to come, we want to realistically drive project development through our work, with care for social structures and respect for all circumstances.


In a first step, we want to get to know Sri Lanka and its peculiarities better, people and nature better understand, so we can decide for us, where we can best use our knowledge and conscience. This as a basis to bring together the best of different cultures, sciences and societies and to gain the necessary acceptance.


Learning, understanding, respecting and implementing what has been learned. We want to pursue these aspects together with the local population. The aim is to create a community that draws on its own resources, but also wants to acquire something new and useful from each other.


Currently, we are taking a sustainable approach to tourism. The project of the foundation should be a platform for the promotion of women and children. Mothers who are affected by violence and their children should first and foremost find a place of protection in which they are stabilized and advised. Afterwards, they should enjoy education and training in tourism so that they can approach an autonomous life in the future. But we can also imagine very well being active in other areas than just the hotel industry. This is just what we are discovering and learning.


With our tourism projects we want to create beautiful places for recreation, inspiration and joy, which are at the same time, however, ecologically, socially and culturally appropriately embedded in Sri Lanka's circumstances. The sustainable footprint should be conceptually complementary to shelter for women.

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