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.
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.