Apr 23, 2019

Leave no one behind

Aruna
Aruna

Your support promotes skills for life and work opportunities – leaving no-one behind!

With over $8,000 raised since December 2018, your support continues to provide opportunity for the children and adults with disabilities that live with us.

Those living at our farms are no exception. Anandapura Farm, based north of the Capital near Negombo, is a working farm. The main activity is coconut harvesting and the team there also grow many types of fruit and vegetables as well as looking after pigs and cows.

The men and women who live on the farm contribute in many different ways according to their wishes and abilities. Some are involved very much with the farm work – looking after the cows, planting, harvesting, digging and weeding. Some prefer the more leisurely activities of watering and housekeeping. All these work preferences are accommodated and supported.

The farm also provides education and skills training with daily skills for life sessions that cover numeracy, literacy as well as vocational training in broom making and other activities.

Every single person contributes something and is supported where needed by our care staff and farm supervisor. Aruna, a man with cerebral palsy, helps the team aided by his electric wheelchair. T-shirts with his design have also recently been printed as an income generation activity. We hope that this first print run will be one of many and Aruna is passionate about creating more designs.

At our celebrations for World Down Syndrome Day that took place in March, a special mention was made to Piyaseeli, a woman in her 60’s, who has lived at Anandapura Farm for a number of years.

Your support means that adults with disabilities receive life-long care and support as well as the opportunity to learn important life skills, engage in meaningful work and develop their own interests.

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

The first month's contribution will be matched by GlobalGiving for all supporters who donate for more than 3 months so its's a great opportunity to give a little and get more back!

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 support! Do get in touch if you would like any further information.

Piyaseeli and Kusuma
Piyaseeli and Kusuma
Susima
Susima
Wijeysuriya
Wijeysuriya
Ranjani
Ranjani
Arthur
Arthur
Renuka
Renuka

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Jan 28, 2019

You are creating independence and opportunity!

Poorna
Poorna

A big thank you for supporting our fundraising campaign in December 2018!  Thanks to you, we have raised over $7,000 so far which will fund the basic salaries of 7 members of our care team in 2019.

Why your support is so important

The Infants Home is one of our 4 locations in Sri Lanka and caters to babies and young children with disabilities as well as older people with severe disabilities.

Some of those who live there will require life-long support with personal care and independent activities while others such as Ashu and Poorna have the ability to develop well in these skills. One of our key goals is to promote development and independence in every child and it is the small daily achievements that are an example of our success!

Ashu is currently learning to walk and Poorna is learning to feed himself independently. Our care team support these important developmental milestones as part of the daily routine and this is complemented by our specialist therapy team which consists of two physiotherapists, a speech and language therapist and an occupational therapist.

Your support means that children at the Infants Home such as Ashu and Poorna can develop independent skills that will mean they can reach their full potential!

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 GlobalGiving will process this on our behalf.

Thank you once again for your support! Do get in touch if you would like any further information.

Poorna and friends
Poorna and friends
Ashu with Pushpa
Ashu with Pushpa
Ashu
Ashu

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Nov 13, 2018

A final thank you!

Dinushi in class
Dinushi in class

A final thank you to all those who contributed to supporting the salaries of teachers at Cotagala School this year, and thus sustaining the education of 80 children and young people with disabilities. We are coming to the end of the year so this will be our last report under this project.

We have raised over $13,000 during this campaign and over $9000 was raised in December 2017 alone!

How your donation has helped this year:

The funding received by GlobalGiving paid the salaries of 11 teachers this year. These special teachers who nurture and educate mean that children such as Dinushi have the opportunity to fly high and excel; you may remember her from previous reports.

In August, Dinushi achieved extremely high marks in her Grade 5 scholarship exam – a national test for all 11 year olds. Despite the fact that she was only given 10 minutes extra time due to her physical disabilities, she was able to excel and is one of many breaking down barriers to inclusion and acceptance in Sri Lanka.

She says of her achievement, “I am really happy that I did so well and would like to thank all those who supported me especially my teachers!”

Looking to continue your support?

We are launching a new campaign to raise funds for 2019 here:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/disability-education-sri-lanka/

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of December 2018.

Our new campaign goes live on Tuesday 27th November – a special day for not-for-profit organisations worldwide as it is ‘Giving Tuesday’, a global day of giving! Any donations made on this day will be eligible for bonus prizes where a $150,000 incentive fund will be split between total funds raised on GlobalGiving on this day. Please do consider a donation on this day.

We would like to thank those who have set up regular donations that have sustained the project throughout the year. Your regular donation will continue automatically onto the new project, we hope that you can continue to support us.

Once again, a huge big thank you for all your support in 2018 – your belief in what we do is a huge motivation for us all. Every single donation counts and we appreciate all your support!

Teacher Dilrukshi
Teacher Dilrukshi
Thlina - in the workshop
Thlina - in the workshop

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