Feb 20, 2020

Creating opportunity for every child

Thank you for your generous support during our fundraising campaign in December and to all those who have donated since! We have currently raised nearly $5,000 so far – a substantial amount that goes a long way in supporting our youngest.

So how does your support help? Yehansa’s story is a perfect example.

Yehansa came to us when she was just 3 months old, due to severe family difficulties. Yehansa was born with Down Syndrome and as a young baby, regardless of her disability, needed lots of special care.

Pushpa, one of our most experienced carers, took special care of her and continues to do so. Now at over 6 months old, Yehansa is thriving. Babies with Down Syndrome often have low muscle tone but Yehansa has not let this hamper her development. Yehansa rolls and commando crawls and has good head control. She is also very alert and enjoys spending time with her carers. She is also learning to hold her bottle and loves listening to nursery rhymes.

As she gets older, Yehansa will have specialist support from our therapy team to support in the development of important skills. For the moment, she is a calm, happy baby who is very much at home with us.

We are delighted that we now have 8 donors who have set up monthly donations. This means that we can continue to raise funds throughout the year for this vital support.

You can set up a recurring donation here – please do share the link with others who might like to support us:

Set up a recurring donation

Also, please don’t forget if you are a UK tax payer, you can select to claim Gift Aid and GlobalGiving will process this on our behalf.

Thank you once again for your invaluable support and all the best for 2020!

Yehansa with Pushpa
Yehansa with Pushpa
Yehansa on Christmas Day with Santa and Pushpa
Yehansa on Christmas Day with Santa and Pushpa

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Oct 15, 2019

You have helped us reach our goal!

Pushpa
Pushpa

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.”

What a difference you have made! We’ve reached our goal and with your support we have raised over $10,000 in 2019 via Global Giving, thank you for your contribution towards this goal.

Your donations means that people like Pushpa can continue to provide the specialist care and support that those who live with us require.

Pushpa has worked at Prithipura for many years and has specialist skills in caring for babies and young children with high care needs. Through her care and the support of others in the team, she is able to give our youngest the best opportunities for development as well as lots of care and cuddles. Young babies that come to the Infants Home often have very specific care needs. Some need feeding with specialist equipment, some need frequent medication and all need to feel safe and secure in their new home.

You can find out more about Pushpa here: Pushpa

Although we have reached our goal, you can still donate and funds will go towards our needs in 2020. We will be launching a new campaign in December 2019 for 2020 and all recurring donations that have been set up will automatically transfer to the new project.

You can set up a recurring donation here:

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Also, please don’t forget if you are a UK tax payer, you can select to claim Gift Aid and Global Giving will process this on our behalf.

Finally, don’t forget to check out our new website and find out more about what we do: Visit our website

Thank you once again for your support!

Adi and Aleesha
Adi and Aleesha
In the sensory room
In the sensory room
Saraniya with Adi
Saraniya with Adi

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Jul 19, 2019

Small actions x lots of people = BIG CHANGE!

Poorne
Poorne

$9,600 raised since November 2018, our thanks as always for your continued support!

So, how does your support help some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka? As you will be aware, Prithipura Communities is a ‘home’ for everyone who lives with us. A place to stay; be well-cared for and feel safe, but also a place to be stimulated, educated and supported with developing independence wherever possible.

Therapy is one of the ways that those who live at Prithipura Communities are supported with their physical and cognitive development. Eranja, Charles, Sajini and Suranga are all therapists with different specialisms who work alongside our care staff at the Infants Home to support the development of those that live there. They are also supported by specialist volunteers who spend time with us often for months at a time.

Daily therapy sessions take place inside our dedicated therapy room as well as across all areas of the Infants Home. The team also use our pool and sensory room as well as spending time in the residential areas. After all, therapy is about promoting skills that support people in their daily lives and activities.

Sajini, our speech and language therapist, for example, supports the staff at meal times to promote safe and comfortable feeding for those who have difficulties. This is vitally important as many of those who live with us at the Infants Home have swallowing and oromotor difficulties.

You can see from the photos below, the range of therapy that is given to those who need extra, specialist support to reach their potential.

For example, Poorne is being encouraged to blow bubbles by Sajini, our Speech and Language Therapist. This helps strengthen his tongue for making sounds produced in the back of the mouth as well as him learning to follow instructions, make good eye contact and bond with others.

Dilshani may have difficulties with verbal communication but she communicates in many different ways, such as noises, facial expression and hand gestures, and is able to understand spoken Sinhala and English. In the picture, she is being encouraged to use a method of communication where she chooses pictures to make a choice.

Sashini is being encouraged to improve her swallowing function so that she is able to eat safely and improve the nutrition that she receives.

Do have a look at the rest of the photos to see our therapy team in action!

On behalf of all at Prithipura Communities, thank you once again for all your support – giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference!

Small actions x lots of people = BIG CHANGE!

If you would like to further support our project, you may like to consider setting up a recurring donation. At present, we receive $165 on a monthly basis in recurring donations and we would love to increase this. As you know, to continue providing specialist care, educational opportunities and skills for life, sustainability is key and recurring donations is one of the ways we can secure this.

You can set up a recurring donation here: Set up a recurring donation

Also, please don’t forget if you are a UK tax payer, you can select to claim Gift Aid and Global Giving will process this on our behalf.

Poorne blowing bubbles
Poorne blowing bubbles
Dilshani developing her communication skills
Dilshani developing her communication skills
Sitting practise with Thiline
Sitting practise with Thiline
Nishanthe standing with support
Nishanthe standing with support
Developing Sashini's oromotor skills
Developing Sashini's oromotor skills
Senuri sitting with Eranja
Senuri sitting with Eranja
Eleesha enjoying crawling practise.
Eleesha enjoying crawling practise.

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