Humanity & Inclusion in Sri Lanka
Humanity & Inclusion implemented its first project in Sri Lanka in 1992, 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.
Areas of Intervention
- Inclusive employment
- Social inclusion
- Disaster risk reduction
- Fighting discrimination against people with disabilities and supporting disability rights organizations
- Physical rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
Humanity & Inclusion's 44-person team provides support to people with disabilities, aging people and other individuals through inclusive employment and community social inclusion projects. Staff also train civil society organizations to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities.
As part of the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, teams promote the participation in society of women, particularly women with disabilities, including by organizing training on women’s rights, equality and reconciliation, to help them build peace in their communities and feel more integrated.
Humanity & Inclusion also provides rehabilitation care to children born with clubfoot. In addition, the organization raises community awareness of this issue and enhances the early detection of disability in infants and children.
Our Past 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
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.