Humanity & Inclusion in Sri Lanka
Humanity & Inclusion implemented its first project in Sri Lanka in 1992/1993, focusing on training rehabilitation professionals in Colombo and Jaffna. Today our mission has expand to include numerous humanitarian services.
The predicament of people with disabilities within Sri Lanka has been exacerbated by three decades of armed conflict and natural disasters. Following the Tsunami in 2004, Sri Lanka suffered extensive damage, both physically and socially.
Humanity & Inclusion works to provide assistance to victims of armed conflict, promoting social inclusion, and developing partnerships at all levels to implement and support national disability policies.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion’s Sri Lanka team operates with a team of 62 staff members who carry out daily tasks in order to:
- Provide rehabilitation services
- Promote inclusive livelihoods through socio-economic empowerment
- Advocate for peace and inclusive governance
- Empower women
- Increase access to proper and timely clubfoot treatment for children
Humanity & Inclusion works to optimize the quality and access to rehabilitation services in Sri Lanka for vulnerable populations with injuries and disabilities by:
- Ensuring continued rehabilitation service/treatment for children with clubfoot
- Supporting rehabilitation centers in the Northern province
- Supporting National Mine Action Center to define and implement assistance to victim strategy and implementation plan
The organization also educates people with disabilities about the availability of services and provides necessary training and equipment to the Kilinochchi Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic.
To sustainably improve the livelihoods of vulnerable people, Humanity & Inclusion builds the capacities of vulnerable people and their families to develop sustainable revenue sources. It helps them access services provided by economic development operators.
Peace and Governance
Humanity & Inclusion works to increase the participation of women with and without disabilities in peace processes and decision-making.
This plan highlights the exclusion of people with disabilities and places women and children with disabilities as marginalized groups within a marginalized group.
Humanity & Inclusion empowers women to achieve an inclusive and sustainable transitional justice and reconciliation process by providing technical and financial support and the ability to connect with other women to share their experiences and ideas for improving communities who have suffered from conflict.
Clubfoot Treatment for Children
This project aims to increase access to proper and timely clubfoot treatment for children by promoting accessible health care and creating awareness within their communities.
Humanity & Inclusion also provides technical support and necessary equipment to Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been operating in Sri Lanka to foster a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
Read on to learn more about our past work in Sri Lanka and consider investing in our future.
Sports for All (2012)
In collaboration with the local government in Vavuniya, this project enabled children and youth with disabilities to play inclusive sports and participate in activities with their non-disabled peers.
The project also increased disability awareness among community leaders, sports clubs, schools, business and organizations for people with disabilities (OPDs or DPOs).
Steve Harknett, Project Manager for Humanity & Inclusion in Vavuniya, wrote a blog for the Huffington Post about the project. You can read it here.
Inclusive Rural Development
This project worked to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces by:
- Improving sustainable livelihoods and creating employment opportunities for women and people with disabilities
- Promoting climate-resilient and inclusive socio-economic development by supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises and improving business development services and environmental support
2,000 individuals have been employed and 60 business development service providers have benefited.