Nov 30, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided a grant of US$ 83,692 (approx. Rs. 15 million) for “The Project for Improving Facilities of Center for Disabled Children in Buttala, Monaragala” through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Ambassador of Japan Akira Sugiyama and Wickramage Nalin Vipulendra, President of the Surangani Voluntary Services signed the grant contract on 30th November 2020 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, the Embassy of Japan said.
Given that 2 percent of children aged between 5-14 years have some form of disability and are excluded from mainstream education, the Government of Japan remains steadfast to help the country achieve inclusive education through enhancements to ancillary services so that no one is left behind.
In 2010, Surangani Voluntary Services started the Little Tree Special Needs Children’s Center in response to requests from parents in Buttala where there had been no educational service for children with special need. As only institution to offer a dedicated service for the entire Monaragala district, the Center has been providing educational opportunities and vocational training since its inception and is now home to 35 differently abled children and youth aged between 4-21 years old.
This project aims to enhance educational facilities and uplift the quality of the vocational training environment by refurbishing the Center. The project also includes the provision for a collective organic farm, sanitary facilities, a sick room, and a school van to increase attendance of students with special needs.