Educational support to destitute, disabled children in Vaalaichenai, Batticalo, Sri Lanka

Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded group in the society. Facing daily discrimination in the form of negative attitudes, lack of adequate policies and legislation, they are effectively barred from realizing their rights to healthcare, education and even survival.

GIVE believes that education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues - from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one's rights - and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen. Education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease. The biggest barriers to special needs education are isolation and lack of services. For children in remote villages, walking long distances is not always safe, and they do not have the money for transport. For children who live with disabilities, accessing education is a challenge. Yet we know that early education has a powerful effect on children’s health, cognitive development, and social and emotional development.

In harmony with our beliefs, that every child deserves the right to a decent education for a productive future, GIVE has commenced providing educational support to 20 mentally and speech impaired impoverished children from the ages of 5 to 15 years from villages in Vaalaichenai.

Working in these remote villages, GIVE is offering hope to these extremely needy children by providing access to education at Puthukudyiruppu Vani Vithyalayam – A Special Needs Learning Centre, until they reach financial independence.

    We support the children by providing:
  • Exercise books, pens and pencils and all stationary items;
  • Nutritious lunch daily;
  • School uniforms, shoes, and school bag;
  • Payment of school fees and requirements post primary to secondary school and vocational training;
  • Payment of transport costs for travelling to and from school; and
  • Remunerations to Care Providers at the Special Needs Learning Centre; and
  • Regular health checks and access to basic health care.

The differently abled children are capable of doing many things as able children, but they are often perceived incapable in many ways and denied of opportunities. The actual fact of the issue are the barriers which prevents the growth and livelihood of the individual which are lack of concern and sensitiveness towards the disability. If the society is little mindful in their approach and accept as one amongst them, it gives a great morale and self-respect to the physically/mentally challenged children. They do not expect sympathy but only support.

At GIVE, we are committed to changing the future for many disabled children as we possibly can. We have taken three orphanages for children with disabilities in South India and Sri Lanka under our wing, and we visit them on a regular basis. We lend our support by providing food, medical care, recovery, mobility and education so that these children have the opportunity to defy social stigmas and lead a fulfilled life.