Human Link (Organization For People With Disabilities)
Human Link is a voluntary non-profit social service organization registered under the Ministry of Social Services of Sri Lanka. Human Link Resource Centre (HL-RC) was established in the year 2007 with five children with disabilities, as an institution to subserve the needs and interests of Children and youth with disabilities. HL-RC is situated in the township of Maruthamunai, a suburb of Kalmunai town in the Ampara District, Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Initially the HL-RC functioned in a small section in a building belonging to the Department of Health where the Department’s Maternity Health Clinic is regularly held.The space available was far from adequate.
With further expansion of space available as described below HL-RC served 35 children in 2013 and this number has risen to 60 in June to 2016. This includes about 8 children who are resident at the centre. At present the Centre has facilities for residence for only 10 children.
HL-RC serves children and youth from all ethnic and religious communities. Currently nearly 17% of the children with disabilities attending HL-RC are children of non-Muslim ethnic/religious backgrounds from regional villages. The Head teacher and two other teachers are from the Tamil community out of 10 teachers at the institution. HL-RCprovides education, skill development, health care, extracurricular activities, vocational training and religious/cultural activities in order to develop them to become self reliant, independent and productive citizens in the society. Furthermore, meals, transportation, learning materials, uniform etc are also provided free of charge. HL-RCsurvives with the funds received as donation, contribution, subscription etc from well wishers, philanthropists, general public and social service organizations in Sri Lanka and abroad.
Who They Serve
- Serve children and youth from all ethnic and religious communities of the region.
- Enhance the professional/life skills of youth with disabilities.
- Motivate persons with disabilities to be Independent.
- Empower the persons with disabilities on the basis of active participation, equality and dignity.
- Co-operate with government agencies, NGOs and local stakeholders in undertaking actions for the development of the persons with disabilities.
- Promote the education levels of children with disabilities.
- Develop health and mobility of persons with disabilities.
- Develop income of persons with disabilities and their families through training, technical support, referrals or direct support.
- Manage the donor projects through diligent implementation, monitoring and evaluation.See more