Handicap International provides assistance to victims of armed conflict, promoting social inclusion, and developing partnerships at all levels to implement and support national disability policies. The organization employs 54 national staff and three expatriates to carry out its mission in Sri Lanka.
Handicap International has been working in Sri Lanka since 2004. The predicament of people with disabilities within Sri Lanka has been exacerbated by three decades of armed conflict. Following the Tsunami in 2004, Sri Lanka suffered extensive damage, both physically and socially.
- Physical rehabilitation
- Socio-economic empowerment
- Disaster risk reduction
- Database and Project Management
This project aims to optimize the quality and access to physical rehabilitation services in Sri Lanka for vulnerable populations with injuries and disabilities. To date, Handicap International has fitted and provided 3,115 prosthetic and orthotic devices, conducted 2,291 physical therapy sessions, and provided 1,119 mobility devices. Handicap International works to provide those persons injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war living in Kilinochchi district with access to rehabilitation services. The organization leads an awareness raising campaign to educate people with disabilities about the availability of services and provides necessary training and equipment to the Kilinochchi Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic.
Handicap International's project based in the east of Sri Lanka builds the capacities of vulnerable people and their families to develop sustainable revenue sources and helps them access services provided by economic development operators (banks, chambers of commerce, professional training centers, organizations, government programs). This project supports 32 economic-inclusion service providers, and bolsters personalized health and occupational opportunities for 300 people with disabilities and their families.
Disaster Risk Reduction
Handicap International works to reduce the impact of natural disasters on populations living in disaster-prone areas in the north and east of Sri Lanka. In conjunction with ACTED, Oxfam, and Save the Children, Handicap International builds the preparation, risk reduction, and response capacities of 23 communities. Inclusive practices are used as models to improve state, district and national policies and practices. More than 37,000 villagers, 705 people with disabilities and their families, and 25 local Disaster Management Committees benefit.
Database and Project Management
This regional project is implemented by Handicap International in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It is designed to improve the quality of project management through use of an open source software developed for French NGOs.
THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES:
Handicap International's previous work in Sri Lanka includes:
Sports for All (2012)
In close collaboration with the local government in Vavuniya, this project enabled children and youth with disabilities play inclusive sports and participate in activities with their non-disabled peers. Five hundred children with disabilities and 1,500 children without disabilities participated in this program. The project also increased disability awareness among community leaders, sports clubs, schools, business and disabled people’s organization (DPOs).
Steve Harknett, Project Manager for Handicap International in Vavuniya, wrote a blog for the Huffington Post about the project. You can read it here.