APT Action on Poverty

Reaching disabled people in Sri Lanka

To reduce poverty and discrimination facing disabled men and women in Trincolamee and Batticaloa, post-conflict districts of Sri Lanka by enabling them to participate more fully in the community through employment and enterprise, proactively promoting their potential.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (290836)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,000

Amount raised

£2,645

Donations

14

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

Both Batticaloa and Trincolamee districts have been badly affected by the civil war which killed approximately 70,000 people. The conflict also created many thousands of amputees as well as a group disabled people with mental health issues caused by trauma and dislocation. With limited livelihood choices, their absence from mainstream productive employment locks them in a vicious cycle of poverty.

Solution

By changing the perception and attitudes of communities to people with disabilities through awareness raising programmes and workshops and motivating them to become productive by developing their skills for employment by the provision of short term market-led training courses - welding, sewing, food processing - and linking these skills tp access employment.