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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 non-discriminatory society.

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 Hambantota district.

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.

Children dancing

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 defects”she added. The majority of Navajeevana’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 — 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. 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 what’s available to them.

Responsible tourism

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 local tourism.

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 Navajeevana’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 families



**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 employees

** Misconceptions about productivity and work ethic of people with disabilities

** 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 forever.

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 seeker.

For the guest entertainment they organise some sport activities such as Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Volleyball and many water sports activities.

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 1800’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 your retreat.

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 course.

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.



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