Celebrating 10 years of C.O.L.O.R.

It’s been 10 years since the South Asian tsunami that shocked the world and sparked our non-profit.  C.O.L.O.R. has continued to work within the affected communities and far beyond thanks to the support of our friends and donors.

In the past 10 years C.O.L.O.R. has …….

  • Worked in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, and the US.
  • Built an orphanage for children fleeing Myanmar.
  • Refurbished an orphanage for young handicap children.
  • Built a library and refurbished a community center.
  • Handed out over 550 morale boxes to children in disaster areas.
  • Reclaimed a beach and reef used previously as a garbage dump site.
  • Hosted the annual foster family picnic for 5 years in the Seattle area.
  • Created a school based food and vitamin program for garbage dump dwelling children that increased school attendance significantly.
  • Helped over a dozen children complete high school on scholarships.
  • Provided college scholarships to 8 exceptional teens.
  • Completed 3 computer labs.
  • Provided food, school supplies, uniforms, clothing, undergarments, hygiene items, and shoes to hundreds of orphans.
  • Donated school supplies, backpacks, books, athletic equipment, and shoes to hundreds of underprivileged children.
  • Made annual donations of medical supplies, educational materials, and provided staff training to home for handicap for 10+ years.
  • Provided disaster relief: building materials, household goods, food, and seed for crops.
  • Facilitated medical care and surgeries for children with special needs.
  • Helped start 2 other non-profits!

C.O.L.O.R. has great stuff ahead ….

In 2016 C.O.L.O.R is opening the First Opportunity Education Center, funding girls educational scholarships, providing our annual college arts scholarship in the US, hosting the annual foster family picnic in the Seattle area, and our first foreign scholarship recipient has been accepted to a pre-med program in the US!  You can read more about these projects below. None of this would be possible without your amazing support.

  Thank you all so very much!
100% of all donations go directly to C.O.L.O.R. projects. We are an all volunteer organization, all business costs are underwritten by members of our board.

Current Projects:

  • First Opportunity Education Center –  Construction is nearly complete on the building for the First Opportunity Education Center and it’s looking really beautiful!   We are currently working on plans for the garden area. There will be interior and exterior areas for the children to read books, use computers, and play games.

We are collecting: books (see wish list), e-readers, tablets, and laptops. Click here to donate goods.

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  • Girls Scholarships in Sri Lanka –  We currently have 4 girls in Sri Lanka on scholarships but we would like to expand the program by an additional 10 girls with extra funds available for high performers for after school tutors. $5,000


  • Keshala is a Pre-Med Student in the US!  –  C.O.L.O.R.’s very first scholarship recipient has been accepted to Seattle Pacific Universities Pre-Med program with a generous scholarship from the school and help from C.O.L.O.R. her dream of becoming a doctor is that much more a reality.  We all worked very hard to make this happen and we are sure she will be successful as she pursues her degree.


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  • Foster Family Picnic– Each summer, C.O.L.O.R. hosts a themed picnic and interactive event for children in Washington foster care.  Foster families get a fun filled day of carnival rides, farm animals, arts and crafts, games, prizes, and goody bags. $5,000

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  • The Katie Gillihan Scholarship for the Arts- All 3 recipients are currently enrolled in school and continuing on with their educations. One is in culinary school applying her creativity to delectable dishes, another is pursuing her education at the Art Institute in San Francisco and enjoying refining her skills, and the most recent recipient is at the University of Nevada in Reno getting her General Ed out of the way before deciding what she will specialize in.


None of this would be possible without YOU!