After 21 years, we have made the decision to bring our work in Sri Lanka to an end.

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has played a part in it – the disabled community, our team, partners and donors. We could not have done it without this support.

During our time in Sri Lanka we:

  • helped thousands of disabled people to access rehabiliation, training and education
  • helped to set up the first Spinal Injuries Association for people with spinal cord injuries
  • recruited a group of peer trainers who continue to act as role models for wheelchair users
  • worked with Vavuniya District General Hospital to strengthen physiotherapy service and transform simple limb fitting into a professional prosthetic rehabilitation centre
  • advocated for disabled people’s needs in emergency efforts after the 2005 tsunami
  • played a key role in the Access for All campaign which lobbied the government to include the needs of disabled people in its strategic plans

At the end of 2018, our Founder Director, David, went to see the progress we've made in Sri Lanka. He met Henry. His story gives a snapshot of how our work has made a difference for many.

"I was using locally made wheelchair till 2012. It was just like a chair; it was not designed to use on the rough ground. I always required the support of someone for pushing the wheelchair. It was without a cushion and was causing pressure sores.

"Then I got a Motivation wheelchair. I am very happy with it. I can go in the community. I can sit in the wheelchair for a long time. It is comfortable for me in every aspect and it is durable.

"Now I want better education for my daughter, I want to do some work locally in Jaffna and have financial sustainability." 

We are incredibly proud of our impact and the sustainability of our work. We are confident that the foundations and networks built in Sri Lanka are strong and that they will continue to thrive without our support.

Now it is time for us to move on and focus our work in other countries where the need remains great.

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Our work in Sri Lanka was supported by the British Asian Trust.

Photos © Matt Grayson and David Constantine