Holistic service for people with disabilities:
There are many misconceptions in society about disabled people or
differently abled. One big misconception is they can’t do anything for
themselves. But they are not helpless. Sometimes they do need extra help
but at some point in everyone’s life, so do you. They can live
independently. They have means of travel and this means they can get to
work as well. Yes, work.
Some children in the Navajeevana centre
Navajeevana is a place where we see many people with some
disabilities. But the special thing is they live very happily with their
friends. They do not feel that they can’t do any thing. Navajeevana,
meaning new life, is a non-governmental organisation based in the
Hambantota district of southern Sri Lanka.
Navajeewana has been working to rehabilitate people with disabilities
in southern Sri Lanka for over twenty years. Their vision is to see
people with disabilities as equal and participating members of a
We saw children were playing, singing and dancing as we approached
the venue. Except them their were some adults who did some hand works
such as painting, sewing and viewing. They were happy.
Navajeewana rehabilitation centre provides a holistic service for
people with disabilities and work with the whole person from early
identification, intervention, treatment and full rehabilitation, where
the person is able to earn an independent income.
At their fully accessible rehabilitation centre in Tangalla they
provide a range of paramedical services, including physiotherapy,
prosthetics and orthotics, speech therapy, supportive seating,
wheelchair production, audiological services and physiotherapy. They
also run four special schools for disabled children, carry out community
mental heath work and work in and with the community to rehabilitate
people with disabilities.
The adults are viewing clothes
From its inception in 1987 Navajeevana has been the main service
provider for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities in the
Our Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme is at the heart of
Navajeevana approach. This is supported by a strong institutional based
multidisciplinary approach that includes therapy and education to
support all forms of disability. Our mission is to be a resource center
to empower and promote equality and social inclusion of people with
disabilities through rehabilitation, networking, capacity building and
community awareness raising in prevention of disability said The Founder
and the Chairperson, Kumarini Wickramasuriya.
Right now in Sri Lanka, disabled people are being denied access to
the education, job opportunities and social inclusion that most of us
enjoy without even thinking. People with disabilities are still excluded
from traveling around our beautiful island on public transport, from
getting the treatment they need and deserve at our hospitals, and from
participating as equals in our society.
Despite twenty years of dedicated work by Navajeevana, living with a
disability in southern Sri Lanka is not easy.
People with disability still face discrimination, stigma and poor
services. The area has one of the highest levels of disability in the
island, at 10 percent.
This is due to a combination of poor infrastructure, the remote
location of rural communities, and lack of understanding amongst
ordinary people about the prevention and treatment of disabilities.
Moreover, intermarriage and incest is still prevalent in this area,
causing higher than average numbers of genetic and birth defectsâ€ťshe
added. The majority of Navajeevanaâ€™s clients visiting the centre
suffer from physical disabilities caused by neurological problems,
accidents, stroke, cerebral palsy and hearing impairment.
Institutional Based Rehabilitation
Their dedicated Institutional Based Rehabilitation (IBR) Department
caters to these clients; providing necessary services to back up
community based rehabilitation efforts. The IBR department is broadly
divided into units that deal with therapy offering physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, speech therapy and counselling, and production â€”
producing mobility aides (wheelchairs, crutches) special seating and
prosthetic and orthotic devices.
The Founder and the Chairperson, Kumarini Wickramasuriya.
Navajeevana knows that people with disabilities often need access to
several different services. A stroke patient, for example, may need
physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling and
help with generating an income in their own community, as well as a
comfortable and functioning wheelchair that they know how to use.Â They
also know that access to these diverse services across southern Sri
Lanka is difficult. Sadly, people with disabilities are often denied
access to the services they need the most because of poor
infrastructure, lack of money or simply lack of awareness about whatâ€™s
available to them.
As part of Navajeevana’s commitment to empower people with
disabilities, they have undertaken a responsible tourism project in
partnership with Mercy Corps. This project will contribute to the
rehabilitation of marginalised groups including people with disabilities
and those affected by the tsunami, through providing them with the
skills and opportunities to make a valuable and lasting contribution to
Under this project, people with disabilities are being trained in the
production of quality and upmarket products, the sale of which will
benefit them and support Navajeevanaâ€™s services. A coffee shop and
juice bar has recently been opened which will further contribute to
bringing livelihood support to people with disabilities and their
**Identify and provide rehabilitation services to all people with
disabilities who could benefit from any form of rehabilitation, in
co-operation with stakeholders
** Strive for community participation and partnership in
rehabilitation of people with disabilities
** Be a strong driving force for the cause of people with
disabilities at regional, provincial and national levels
**Provide excellent medical and paramedical services
** Provide educational facilities for people with disabilities
according to their abilities and adapted to their disabilities
** Provide facilities which will lead to the economical stability of
people with disabilities
Problems faced in introducing income generation activities:
** Difficulty to raise capital for income generating ventures
** Difficulty to access traditional forms of credit
** Even other development agencies tend by by-pass disabled in their
poverty programmes aimed at improving livelihood
** Employers reluctance due to social conditioning to accept disabled
** Misconceptions about productivity and work ethic of people with
** Securing markets for goods produced by self employed
Mother’s Day at MLH
Make Mother’s Day a genuine effort to say ‘Thank You’ to a Homemaker,
a special person in everybody’s life, the hand that rocked the cradle,
the hands that tended the most loving care, unconditional with no
compromises and the shadow of one’s life who will remain a super mum
These are just a few reasons that call for celebrating Mother’s Day
on May 10th from 11. 00 a.m. with lunch, at Mount Lavinia Hotel
determined to give all Mothers a day of fun and leisure, to be pampered,
to feel recognized and above all to feel cared and loved with a
wonderful day out, spiced with exciting events organized for the day.
Mount Lavina Hotel honours Mother’s Day with a live show with Chef
(Dr.) Publis demonstrating a favourite recipe for ‘Kakuluwo Istharam’
and will address all queries related to the kitchen and food tasting
will be part and parcel of the days excitement while Cuban American Chef
Leonel will demonstrate grilled Red Snapper, Calypso Rice with Caribbean
exotic Salsa - a mix of the Caribbean and South American favourites.
All recipes will be made available free and it sure going to be
exciting as both Chef Publis and Chef Leonel will be more than willing
to share a few tips for the super cook in you. Make the most of the day,
make it a family day of rejoicing and show your mum how much she is
loved and how precious she is in your life. A welcome drink, vouchers
from Salon Capello for every Mother including a free Foot massage;
Raffle draws with exciting prizes on the cards, win a return air ticket
to Bangkok, weekend for two at Club Bentota, Dinner for two at the Mount
Lavinia Hotel, Gift Vouchers for Governor’s Style High Tea, Gift
Vouchers for Theme Nights etc; etc; to keep the family on high spirits.
A special offer for a family of four adults with Mother hosted free by
the best compliments of Mount Lavinia Hotel will keep Mother’s Day
etched in your memory as a special moment shared in honour of the
wonderful person you have known throughout your life.
Say ‘Thank You’ on Mother’s Day in the real tradition of Mount
Lavinia Hotel, the venue for cherished moments in life and the best
gathering place in the world, the ideal place for celebrations.
The Mermaid Hotel & Club
The Mermaid Hotel & Club lies on the golden sands of Mahawaskaduwa;
in the city of Kalutara which is of religious significance, 28km from
Colombo. The hotel is cleverly nestled in a vast coconut grove along a
stretch of golden, sandy beach.
Mermaid Hotel & Club
In 1983 Mermaid Hotel was a tourist board approved hotel with 51
rooms offering basic in-room facilities with one swimming pool, two bars
and a restaurant. But today this hotel has 72 rooms with a balcony or
terrace. All rooms have sea view and they decorated for a tranquil
atmosphere. This hotel is very popular among foreigners because of there
uniqueness. The uniqueness of the hotel is that the club is built on a
separate block of land adjoining the hotel.
While the hotel is reserved only for peaceful relaxation, the club is
where the action is. A wide range of sports and recreational activities
can be enjoyed at the club.
Every Sunday this hotel has a big variety of buffet and it is very
famous among Sri Lankans because of the reasonable price. The restaurant
is situated on the first floor and it has a very good view of the
swimming pool and the sea.
The Sahana Spa is located at the Mermaid Club in a separate complex
and offers a range of treatments. The spa facility includes two
treatment rooms, reflexology room, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi. The
hotel’s sports club, Mermaid Club is located on the adjoining land with
its own swimming pool.
This ensures an undisturbed beach holiday for the peaceful holiday
seekers while plenty of activity with a range of sports and recreational
activities been available within arm’s reach for the action holiday
For the guest entertainment they organise some sport activities such
as Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Volleyball and many water
The Mermaid Club offers a separate swimming pool for water sports is
a special feature of this hotel.
In 2005, a refurbishment project was commissioned to revamp Mermaid
Hotel & Club to a three star hotel comparable with international
standards. Today Mermaid Hotel & Club can be compared to an
international three star class property. Mermaid has always been a trend
setter in developing a unique product, which is the benchmark for others
to follow said Sales and Marketing Manager Himaj Jayasinghe.
Our group’s corporate policy is to be different and to strive to
achieve perfection. Being different in a positive way has helped us be
identified as better and superior. We believe in offering a product
above the average norms in order to be distinctively different among
competition. The above policy was adopted in the mid 90s with the
opening of our associate hotel Saman Villas; the first Deluxe Boutique
Hotel in Sri Lanka he added. (GP)
Golf Package from Jetwing St. Andrew’s
Jetwing St Andrew’s has on offer an exclusive golf package from 1st
May 2009 to 31st July 2009.
A superior room and step back in to history of the late 1800â€™s with
the charm of the property will be the highlight. A selection of fruits
awaits you after you have absorbed all the excitement of arriving at
On the afternoon of your arrival, you will be treated to hi-tea for
two persons served at the Hi-Tea Terrace overlooking the historic golf
You will also be pampered with a Rs. 1000/-voucher, which you may
avail of at the Taste of Asia Asian Restaurant during dinner. After a
very enjoyable breakfast, the remainder of the day turns only to golf.
Have a very pleasant walk to the golf course where you will enjoy
discounts as green fees offered exclusively by the Nuwara Eliya Golf
Club. The package is for a minimum of two nights and three days and on
half board double room basis offered at an unbeatable rate.