We were able to reach our goals for the past year and commit to our future projects only due to the assistance offered by you: our generous donors and volunteers. We are sincerely thankful to you for your contributions and time volunteered to assist us with our projects. We look forward to your continued support.
Looking back at our achievements over the past 10 years (2011-2021)
Under our first objective of providing financial assistance to children with their educational needs, the Trust has accomplished the following. Several of these projects are ongoing:
Financial Assistance for Needy Children
Provided scholarships to 14 students on average per year from 2014 to 2020 - Recipients included students from Sacred Heart Convent, Galle, St. Thomas's College, Kotte and Meeran Maha Vidyalaya, Kandewatta. Several of of these recipients excelled in their education and a few after completing their GCE Advanced Level examinations now attend University.
Provided financial assistance to 9 orphans from 2011, an initiative started by Rosina in 2005 following the 2004 tsunami - Monitored recipient progress and well being through in person visits and regular communications with both students and guardians.
Improving the Quality of Life - Special Needs (SN)
From 2016 set up and conducted orientation and training camps for SN adults and their caretakers from Galle, Matara, Mahiyanga and Minneriya. Trained on average 30 SNs and caretakers per camp. Provided funding for events and day -to-day activities for several institutions that care for SNs from 2012 to 2016. Initiated conversations among caretakers, families and local stakeholders about SNs quality of life and living a 'full' life. Since 2017 organized World Down Syndrome Day events to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for SNs to engage with society.
Set up a dedicated website as a resource for families with SNs - lankaspecialchild.org
Along with the Sacred Heart Convent Past Pupil's Association organized a fund raising event - Hearts in Harmony (2013), key outcomes of which were - Financial Assistance for Needy Children and Quality of Life - Special Needs (SN)
Sponsorship support for the annual music and dance concert of the Supun Academy, Nugegoda –an institution that focuses on special needs children and adults.
Sponsorship support for the ‘Daya Mina Jubilee Walk’ celebrating 25 years of special needs service by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary.
Other Notable Initiatives -
We are proud to have sponsored the second and final day of the “Our World XVI” exhibition held in Colombo, Sri Lanka by mentally challenged special needs young children and adults of Supem Uyana, Meth Mihira and Dayamina. See photos of the exhibition here.
We are also extremely proud to have organized the Hearts in Harmony benefit show: a concert of music, drama and song to raise funds for the Trust and its projects. The show was held at Sacred Heart Convent, Galle on February 3, 2013. See more of the show here.
Current & Future Projects
Continue scholarships to existing recipients through 2021
Secure additional funding to ensure sustainability of the scholarship program
Use virtual forums and platforms to raise awareness about SNs and engage with families, especially new parents with SNs
Once the COVID-19 situation stabilizes, resume SN training camps
Continue to engage with youth who were inspired by Rosina and seek ways to continue her legacy
Focus on ensuring the sustainability of the Trust by attracting younger leaders to serve as trustees and volunteers