KEDELLA, our Respite Therapeutic Centre, saw a burst of colour and activity on the 30th March 2016 as the twelve children who have come to the end of their three month residential counselling period, prepared to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Avurudu). The premises was decorated with paper flowers made by the children themselves and looked festive in every way.
In a 3-year project done in Kuchaveli and Thampalakamam DS divisions of Trincomalee district LEADS supported close upon a thousand differently-abled persons by empowering them with skills and confidence.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will". Differently-able people are faced with a myriad of challenges due to their deformities. But those who get support from society manage to do normal things in their daily life and much more when inspired to do so.
Subashi Jayamini (10) is being the change-agent in her family, her keen interest in studies and exemplary behavior has set the standard for the younger siblings.
We asked her how this change took place over the two year period in Subashi Jayamini’s life.
“When the project was started I was among 60 children selected to be child partners from my village. Both my sister and I were given attention from that point onwards. We are members of the Challenge Child Club where we were taught new things like cleanliness, nutrition and good habits. Because of our involvement my mother started to attend committee meetings of the Child Club and taking up responsibilities”.