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Brighter Life Foundation to assist differently able youth empowerment

Rudolf Albert Gauhl (top) Consultant BLFS, Hui Bandaranayke with BLFS Sri Lanka representative Suresh de Mel
Rudolf Albert Gauhl (top) Consultant BLFS, Hui Bandaranayke with BLFS Sri Lanka representative Suresh de Mel

The “Brighter Life” Foundation in Switzerland (BLFS), would introduce new measures towards differently able youth empowerment, said its Sri Lanka representative Suresh de Mel.

He said that currently, the BLFS is involved in developing mental skills of the partially abled children and also maintain and fund two centres in Tangalle and Kandy. “The Foundation also pays fees for teachers and also provide Swedish volunteers to train teachers as well as partially abled children in these two centres.”

BLFS also came forward to provide a building for this foundation, investing several millions.

de Mel said some of the children trained by BLFS, have gained employment, while some are self-employed. “We are now looking at introducing a Handicraft training course not only for BLFS members, but to others as well in both Kandy and Tangalle centers. This would enable differently abled children to earn a living and we would also provide them with raw material and help market their handicraft locally and globally.”

In addition, some of the partially abled youth are trained and now work as Foot Therapists, while this would gain them additional income. Some of the differently abled children are also employed at an entity managed by Suresh de Mel in Tangalle, by making ‘Sports fishing Lures’ for export.

He said that they are also working with Navajeevana Rehabilitation in Tangalle, a nationally recognized charity since 1988 and founder and Chairwoman, KumariniWickramasuryia.” Among the other services, the Navajeevana Rehabilitation members locally assemble artificial limbs at their centre.

“However, it’s sad to note that rural society discourages differently abled youth from working and earning a living, saying that it’s a sin for families to be dependent on their earnings.”

de Mel would leave this week to participate at the BLFS Global Convention in Switzerland.

Coordinator and Consultant BLFS, Hui Bandaranayke, said that they would also look into more avenues to make partially abled youth gain employment in the corporate sector.

The President of Brighter Life Foundation, Rudolf Albert Gauhl, said that they would keep on funding BLFS and would engaged in other CSR actives as well.

BLFS recently, donated 72 surgical and normal beds valued at Rs 42 million for the use of Intensive Care Units in Sri Lankan hospitals. Gauhl expressed pleasure in making such a donation to strengthen the health services of a developing country such as Sri Lanka and assured their assistance for the advancement of health services and assist the welfare of partially abled youth in the future too.

Disability, whether mental and / or physical in origin, is a large national problem in Sri Lanka, while more than 9% of the population is affected by it and this is the reason why BLFS is assisting in this area. (AK)

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