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Empowering People with Disabilities (Sri Lanka)

People with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. They are often excluded from society, lack access to services and find it difficult to secure employment.

We support our partner Deaf Link to provide occupational training to women with disabilities and provide access to education for children with disabilities. This enables people with disabilities, through work and study, to be accepted, equal and valued members of society.

Activities occur primarily in the North and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.

 

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

Our impact

In FY 2021-22, 2,625 people were impacted by:

• Disability-inclusive tuition that removes the barriers to education experienced by people with disabilities

• Skills and employment opportunities to help people with disabilities earn a living and escape poverty

• COVID-19 emergency relief and prevention activities.

 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

In response to COVID-19, our partners provided food packages to families connected to the project. Our partners have been speeding up the dissemination of messaging on COVID-19, including health awareness, prevention measures and response to families connected to this project.

Because of the restrictions on travel and spatial distancing project staff have been running check in’s to houses of families connected to the project (after lock-down). Through working closely with the government, project staff are working to speed up access to medicines for people in the rural areas who have no or limited access to transport to urban areas.

Country

Sri Lanka

Partners

Methodist Church of Sri Lanka (through DeafLink)

How you can help

Category

Poverty Alleviation

News from the field

  • Empowering people with disabilities in Sri LankaEmpowering people with disabilities in Sri Lanka
    People with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. Without support, disabilities can become a huge barrier to accessing appropriate education, employment and full participation in community life. Because of this, people with disabilities are up to five times more likely to live below the poverty line. Some people never get the support they need to truly thrive. That was nearly the story for Raj, a Tamil man who grew up on Sri Lanka’s West Coast. From an ...
  • Darshi’s storyDarshi's story
    Darshi was born without hearing in an area of Sri Lanka’s west coast which was devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. The population are mostly Tamil, and they’ve worked hard to recover and build a better life for their kids. But people with disabilities are up to five times more likely to live in poverty. They represent the most vulnerable group in the world. Darshi’s parents were understandably worried about her future. The Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, through Deaf Link, are committed to overcoming extreme poverty by advocating for ...