Physically, sexually or psychologically experienced violence unfortunately has a high rate of victims in Sri Lanka. The foundation would like to enable people to help themselves. Through shelter, stabilization, fixed structures and support in everyday life, traumatic experiences are intercepted first. A succession solution should be developed using a realistic approach so that a self-determined life would be possible at a later point in time.


The name of the foundation comes from an addition to the Sri Lankan curry. A "Sambol" is served as an extra to a curry, it gives color and an extra taste. This should also apply to the foundation in a figurative sense. The foundation is currently financed by private donations and a turnover share of 10% from tourism projects.

Advisory Board

Milani Salpitikorala


Member of the Board of Directors

Inoka Gamage

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Padmalatha Widanaarachchige


House Mother

Kithmini Abeysekara


Office Assistant

Nabeela Yaseen


Member of the Board of Directors

Sachee Abevikrama

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Sriyani Mudiyanselage

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House Mother

Jessica Lehmann


Social Media Managerin

Advisory Board

Devika & Luca Salomon


Devika and Luca are driving the project forward. Devika's in-depth knowledge of society is applied in everyday practice. In addition to her experience in women's work, she acts conscientiously and humanitarian in the role of Foundation Council President. Luca complements the duo with care and versatility. Further information on the initiators of Sambol Setting here.

Brigitte Salomon


Brigitte Salomon is a qualified nurse specializing in psychiatry. She also worked in training and management positions at the clinic. The training as a parent and adult educator supplements her expertise in project work, as well as her 10-year activity on the board of the Verein Tagesschulen Zürich.

She supports the foundation in the conceptual area and with the private network for helpful contacts.

Roland Thomann


Roland Thomann supports the foundation with words and deeds from Switzerland. This is based on the experience of two decades of work for communication and fundraising agencies in Switzerland, the establishment and establishment of a foundation in Indonesia and his involvement in humanitarian emergency aid as communications director of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Rochelle Allebes


Rochelle Allebes worked in the Frauenhaus Zürich and is co-founder of the girls' house there. She is a longtime supervisor and has experience in the development and development of

Projects in the psycho-social sphere. She advises the foundation in conceptual, implementation and technical issues.

Brigitte Salomon


Brigitte Salomon ist gelernte Pflegefachfrau Psychiatrie. Sie war in der Klinik auch in Ausbildungs- und Leitungsfunktionen tätig. Die Ausbildung zur Eltern- und Erwachsenenbildnerin ergänzt ihr Fachwissen in Projektarbeit ebenso wie ihre 10-jährige Tätigkeit im Vorstand des Vereins Tagesschulen Zürich. Sie unterstützt die Stiftung im konzeptionellen Bereich und mit ihrem privaten Netzwerk für hilfreiche Kontakte.

Roland Thomann


Roland Thomann unterstützt die Stiftung mit Rat und Tat aus der Schweiz. Grundlage hierfür sind seine Erfahrung von zwei Jahrzehnten Arbeit für Kommunikations- und Fundraising-Agenturen in der Schweiz, die Gründung und der Aufbau einer Stiftung in Indonesien und sein Engagement in der humanitären Nothilfe als Kommunikationsdirektor von Médecins Sans Frontières.

Advisory Board

Devika & Luca Salomon


Devika und Luca sind operativ, vor Ort bei der Feldarbeit, aber auch konzeptionell aus der Schweiz tätig. Devikas vertieftest Wissen über die gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse werden täglich in Zusammenarbeit mit Inoka, der lokalen Managerin in die Praxis adaptiert. Neben ihrer Erfahrung in der Frauenarbeit agiert sie in der Rolle als Geschäftsführerin gewissenhaft und humanitär.

Luca ergänzt mit Bedacht, den vielseitigen operativen Erfahrungen und breit gefächerten

Fähigkeiten das Duo.

Advisory Board

Prianthy Tschopp


Prianthy Tschopp ist gelernte Krankenschwester, hat jahrelang in verschiedenen Institutionen im Gesundheitswesen gearbeitet. Sie begann ihre Karriere als Ayurveda-Schwangerschaftstherapeutin, mit eigener Praxis in Zürich. Heute ist Sie als Unternehmerin, Coach und Speakerin tätig. Sie und Devika kennen sich bereits über 30 Jahre, dies durch den gemeinsamen Hintergrund der Adoption. Prianthy begleitet die Stiftung seit der Gründung mit viel Herzblut als Botschafterin und macht auf ihren Plattformen auf die Thematik aufmerksam.

Current project status

Project status December 2020

Since January 2018 our center of life has been in Sri Lanka. After we were able to set up a foundation in Switzerland, the focus, after clarifying the local conditions and regulations, was on setting up the organization and setting up the women's refuge. In October 2019 we were able to sign the lease for the shelter and were intensively involved in the implementation of the concepts and the first cases that we handled. In many ways, the foundation benefits from the know-how of the broad-based foundation board.


The next steps were the smooth operation of the house and the launch of a fundraising campaign to secure the future of the project. To this end, we launched crowdfunding in December. At the end of January 2020, we were able to finish this successfully. A total of almost 45,000 francs was raised, which exceeded all of our expectations.


The shelter was fully furnished, all permits obtained, the brochures to inform the women printed and circulated. Thanks to the generous donations, we were also able to open a public contact point for women and children in need. We can now also offer legal assistance, medical support and psychological support 5 days a week. The advice center, which also serves as an office, is centrally located on the main street, just before Matara Downtown and is accessible to every woman and her story. This gives us the opportunity, after an initial clarification, to decide together how we can best support those seeking help.


This advice center was officially opened at the beginning of March. It is a local tradition to boil milk on special occasions and events as a symbol of prosperity. Fresh milk is boiled in a clay pot while the whole family gathers to experience this. When the milk overflows, those who gather around it will be happy. Hopes for a better future and prosperity fill the hearts of those who are there when the thick white milk boils over and extinguishes the hissing fire. Here are a few pictures of the ceremony with two Buddhist nuns, also known as bhikkhuni. The Matara police were also present, who gave us a strong backup with their participation.


It was very moving for us and we were happy that it finally started.


When the number of infections per day rose to over 10 in mid-March, the government reacted quickly and consistently. First all schools were closed and a week later, on March 20, a curfew was imposed for the first time for the whole country. Many people suddenly found themselves without income opportunities and the situation became more and more precarious. We used our possibilities as a foundation and helped out wherever possible. We have distributed countless parcels with the most essential food or ensured medical care for sick people - and we are still doing so.


Due to the limited scope for action and the lack of income from tourism, we decided with a heavy heart to travel to Switzerland at the end of April. Our services in the shelter and in the counseling center will continue to be looked after by our staff without restrictions. Our local manager Inoka and her staff continued to offer our services to all victims of violence. We are in daily contact and tackle the tasks that arise together with the local employees.

We have continued to employ all staff from the tourism sector independently of the work of the foundation and thus secure six families their income. It is important to us to go through this difficult time with you. We also use our time in Switzerland to intensify fundraising for the foundation and to continue the whole "Sambol Setting" project. If the entry regulations allow it again, we will travel back to Sri Lanka and go into the next phase with fresh vigor and new ideas.



As a non-profit foundation, we currently use donations to cover the costs of setting up the NGO on site and setting up the shelter. We are also in the process of defining the measures to maintain security and anonymity and are recruiting locally selected specialist staff in order to be able to guarantee smooth operation and optimal support.

With your donation, you help ensure that women affected by violence have the opportunity to escape and help with their children. Women and children can be empowered by staying in this sanctuary. We will then promote future-oriented development so that some of those seeking protection will be able to pursue a self-determined life after their stay in the shelter.



Legal form & account

Our foundation is part of the non-profit collective foundation Fondation des Fondateur and is therefore tax-exempt.


We look forward to donations online or to the following account:


IBAN: CH44 0070 0114 8021 2333 5



Fondation des Fondateurs

Kirchgasse 42

8001 Zurich

Reason for payment: Sambol Foundation


A donation receipt is automatically issued for donations of 50 or more.