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I am a Special Child

‘There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more’– Robert M.Hensel

Despite the improvements in the wider perception and shifts in understanding about the people affected by Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delay, the societal stigma that is associated with these conditions is still noticeable. Conventionally, they were often isolated from the society and family environments and deprived of their liberty. These individuals are inferior to none, the fact is that they only require special support to complement their growth as they are not disabled but are differently-abled.

‘I AM A SPECIAL CHILD’ the flagship community services project of the Rotaract Club of Wellawatte (RCW) was launched in 2016 with the ultimate goal of providing a stage for the differently-abled to showcase their talents which include but is not limited to dancing and singing. Hence, the slogan for the event was conceptualised as ‘Star Your Identity. With the funds raised from this project, the club took a pledge to create awareness and provide a sustainable solution for the dearth of support services faced by care-centres and homes that accommodate these differently-abled individuals. Benefitting 40 individuals in 2016, RCW has touched the lives of 120 individuals in 2019 with its 4th consecutive event which was held on April 7, 2019 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Auditorium. Surasa School and Girls Home for Special Education, Daya Mina, Prithipura Communities, Millennium Institute for Children with Special Needs, Blue Angels and Chitra Lane School were some of the institutions which were largely benefitted from this project thus far thanks in large part to the main sponsors namely the Rotary Club of Mount Lavinia, Blue Ocean Group of Companies, MAS Holdings, Pulse, TNL Radio, John Keels IT and Mobitel.

With the remarkable impact the project has made on the lives of these individuals over the years, the club is now envisaging its fifth consecutive event which is scheduled to be held on April 5, 2020 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Auditorium. As the saying goes; ‘helping hands are better than praying lips’, RCW welcomes all well-wishers to join hands with them and support on this worthy cause to make its fifth year a momentous one. You may reach out to the project organisers via 0777 141 334 / 0769 186 176. RCW also encourages all our fellow Sri Lankans to share the inspiring stories of the physically challenged or differently-abled people around them who have succeeded in life, via their Facebook page, Instagram profile or through the provided contact numbers.

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