"We see a lot of war victims here. Before they come to us, they are often left in their homes, excluded from society. With our help, they can finally contribute to their family without feeling like a burden". Mihiran, Motivation Sri Lanka

Mobility, independence and freedom

The people of Sri Lanka are still recovering from years of war but even in times of peace, people continue to be killed or permanently injured by the many landmines that still scatter the country.

The impact of war and the devastating tsunami in 2004, means that Sri Lanka has a high number of people who have lost a limb or have reduced mobility - as many as 1 in 10 people in the Northern Province of the country are thought to be disabled.

As with wheelchairs, prosthetics and orthotics can give an individual a new lease of life, enabling them to retain their mobility and freedom.

Our latest work

We have been working with organisations in Sri Lanka since 1997 and have helped over 24,000 people over the years. Our current projects include:

Rehabilitation services

In 2015, we helped successfully establish a professional prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation centre. Meeting with international standards, the centre is situated at the Centre for Disabled in Mannar, Northern Province.

A key part of this ongoing project is helping the centre to develop physiotherapy services, which are vital for people who are preparing to be fitted with a new prosthetic limb. Physiotherapy can also help to prepare people for the physical challenges they face after adapting to their new limb.

Supporting children with cerebral palsy

Our ongoing project which aims to improve the lives of 600 children with cerebral palsy and their families, has gotten off to a flying start.

As well as fitting children with orthotics and appropriate wheelchairs, we are thrilled to have helped establish two new specialist schools which both opened their doors earlier this year. Situated in Puthukudiyiruppu and Mullaithivu, Northern Sri Lanka, the schools have enrolled dozens of pupils – none of which have ever attended school previously.

Promoting greater inclusion in existing schools, the project will also provide training for parents and making adaptations to the homes of 100 children. In addition we will work with local communities to raise awareness of disability to help break down stigma so that disabled children and their families are accepted and valued.

Spinal Cord Injury

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new project which will see the development of a specialist spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation unit in the North of the country.

Sitting within Government run Vavuniya Regional Hospital, the 40 bed unit will see both an occupational and physiotherapy unit within its remit by the end of the two year project. In line with international standards, the unit, complete with specially trained healthcare professionals, hopes to set the standard for SCI rehabilitation provision for future units in the country.

In addition, the project will ensure the correct fitting and distribution of appropriate wheelchairs to those with SCI. Motivation will also provide Peer Training courses which offer an opportunity for less experienced wheelchair users to improve their health, wheelchair skills and self-confidence whilst providing vital information regarding disability rights.

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