1. Introduction

Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled is registered as a voluntary organization under the Ministry of Social Services, and it is herein after called the SLFRD in this project report. SLFRD obtained the certificate of registration for voluntary organizations under section 20 of the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act. No. 28 of 1996.

The SLFRD was started by a group of young disabled persons. The aim of this young group was to develop this organization by providing their services, knowledge and time voluntarily and works for the development of the disabled people in Sri Lanka.

The above organization was started on 27th July 1988 with a membership of 65 disabled persons. All these persons were working either in the public or private sector. We give below the objectives of this organization.

  • To find employment for the disabled young boys and girls.
  • To stand for the rights of the disabled persons
  • To assist and improve the education of disabled boys and girls
  • To improve their talents (skills and sports)
  • To support all disabled persons who try to stand on their own feet

We are very happy that we had been very successful in making our voice heard locally and internationally on behalf of the disabled persons in Sri Lanka.

At the very inception our office was established at the premises of the Colombo Friend in Need Society. We were there for four years. At the moment our office is at Rehab Lanka premises, which was started by the Rotary Club of Colombo as a vocational training centre for the disabled. It was later closed down as they could not manage it properly.

At this juncture the our patron Ms. Swarna Ferdinand, and the then President Mr. Premadasa Dissanayake and Vice President Mr.Cyril Siriwardena  met the President of the Colombo Rotary Club Dr. Rienzi Peiris and requested him to hand over  Rehab Lanka  to SLFRD. As per their request Rehab Lanka was officially handed over to SLFRD on 17th October 1991.

Rotary Club handed over to us all the machinery and equipment along with their trade name “Rehab Lanka” on 22nd November 1991. The objective of the founder members of   the SLFRD was to build a useful community to the country, giving a new meaning to their disabled lives by providing them with employment.

It should be mentioned that this handing over was a blessing to our Board to fulfill its objectives.

Accordingly we started with a work force of five people. There after within a short time, income generating sections like garments, welding, leather, carpentry, lathe work and painting were added, and naturally the work force also increased gradually.

  1. Name: Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Disabled
  2. Motto: Forward through Courage.
  3. Head Office: Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the disabled, No. 5/A, Kettarama Temple Road, Maligawatte, Colombo 10.
  4. Vision: To assist the disabled community in Sri Lanka to live in confidence and dignity.
  5. Mission: To identify the talents of the disabled persons and assist them to improve them; whilst safeguarding their rights, accomplish the rights of the disabled.
  6. Common Objectives:

(1) To become the most powerful group working for the Development of the disabled.

(2)

(i) To develop mutual corporation, participation and equity among various disabled persons spread through out in Sri Lanka and various other sections of the society.

(ii) To dispel the wrong attitudes of the Society towards the disabled persons and to bring them into the society as having some sort of ability to contribute and corporate towards the country’s production.

(iii) To take necessary steps to develop their in borne talents and help them to develop their capabilities in the fields of art and sports.

(iv) To develop knowledge and education of the disabled persons. Provide vocational training in institutions and organize community based Rehabilitation Island wide.

(v) To launch programmes to make the government and the private sector to work, to provide facilities for the disabled persons, for their smooth traveling on roads and in common places. Also to provide any other facilities deemed necessary.

(vi) To provide advisory service to the disabled persons who posses professional knowledge or to groups in distant places to start small-scale productions and services projects and to formulate a programme of work, for the sale of articles produced.

(vii) Provide loan facilities and necessary tools for self-employment, to encourage and to continue them.

(viii) To formulate an insurance scheme for the disabled.

(ix) To provide all services of the Foundation Irrespective of ones nationality, cast creed and religion.

(3) To find a land with a building to house the foundation.

(4) To collect data about persons who have been trained in Government and Voluntary Organizations.

(5) If those who were trained do not engage in self-employment or any other suitable employment, to find out the causes for it, and advise them and support them.

(6) To bring such trained persons together at provincial or district level, and start small-scale production and service projects under the supervision of experienced professional consultants.

(7) To start trading shops locally to sell our products and to obtain foreign orders.

(8) To retain a part of the income gained from these projects for the development of the organization, and to distribute the rest on a co-operative basis among persons who participated in the production.


No Name Sex The Position in the Organization
1 Mr. Premadasa Dissanayake Male Hony. President
2 Mr. Cyril Siriwardena Male Hony. Secretary
3 Mr. D.M. Chandanaseela Male Hony. Treasurer
4 Mr. Prasanna Kuruppu Male Vice. President
5 Mr. Priyantha Peiris Male Vice. Secretary
6 Ms. Heemali Jayasekera Female Vice. Treasurer
7 Mr. Dondeenu Male Executive Member
8 Mr. Mahinda Fernando Male Executive Member
9 Mr. Idunil Ratnayake Male Executive Member
10 Mrs. G.B.K. Padmaseele Female Executive Member
11 Mr. R.M. Chaminda Ratnayake Male Executive Member
12 Mrs. D.M. Indrani Seneviratne Female Executive Member

Organizational Structure