The last forty years have
seen incredible change and the Prithipura Communities have evolved
enormously since their origins in the early 1960s.
In spite of these changes and the expansion of our activities we believe we have maintained our core values and ethos.
we look to the future we will have to meet the challenge of how we
continue to develop our activities while at the same time staying true
to what has made us a success to date.
Currently around 250
people with disabilities rely on our services and we are now trying
hard to encourage families to work with us and keep their children with
them rather than admit them to institutions. To this end, we now have a
Resource Centre at Prithipura, and are hoping to establish a training
centre at our Asokapura/Cotagala site.
will focus on both de-stigmatising disability in Sri Lanka and
providing families that have children with disabilities with the
training and skills that they need to look after their children in
their own homes.
at our independent living initiative at Galle, we are looking to
de-stigmatise disability and integrate the more able of our children
back into the wider community.
At this site people are
trained and supported to live in independent accommodation and manage
their lives as much as possible. This initiative is something we want
to take further in the coming years.
As we look to the
future our developmental goals are both to enhance the infrastructure
of our existing facilities and to increase the amount of work we do in
the wider community, raising awareness of disability issues and
contributing to societal solutions.