Our Mission, Vision & Goals
Our Mission & Vision
To empower and uplift children with disabilities and their families living in the poorest regions of Sri Lanka and to build strong and engaged communities who embrace children with disabilities and encourage a life of fulfilment and inclusion.
Who Are We?
We are a not-for-profit group of philanthropic volunteers from a variety of backgrounds working together to better the lives of children with disabilities. Our volunteers range from VACD Ltd board members who have a background in finance and the corporate world, to parents of children with disabilities who form working groups and committees.
VACD’s goal is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities in some of the poorest provinces of Sri Lanka where there is an acute shortage of proper infrastructure and specialist services available to them. We achieve this by providing our children with life skills, vocational training, medical & rehabilitation facilities, and together with their parents and community ensure that these children are prepared to be productive and independent individuals.
What Do We Do?
To help our children achieve their dreams and aspirations our VACD centres provide them with special education, life skills, vocational skills as well as physical education, music, dance, and computer literacy training.
We sponsor and equip health clinics at local hospitals and facilitate visits to our centres by consultant paediatricians who perform regular check-ups and prescribe medication and rehabilitation for our children. We conduct therapy and rehabilitation workshops for children and awareness training and guidance for parents to support them with the challenges of caring for their children and families.
These facilities will ensure that our children will be able to function optimally and lessen the burden on their parents, carers, and the community.
How Do We Achieve Our Mission?
To accomplish our mission, we establish VACD Centres in key townships, engage with local communities, religious groups, businesses, government, and medical authorities, and through engagement, awareness programs, and communication, strive to eliminate poverty, ignorance, discrimination, social isolation, vilification, and abuse.
We form collaborative partnerships with like-minded organisations and individuals and together conduct workshops to educate and train parents and carers to better understand their children’s biological challenges and provide a higher level of care.
Our community awareness programs are designed to promulgate and encourage local communities to value, uphold and respect the rights of children with disabilities and treat them as equals.
The VACD Model
The Children with Disabilities and Family Support Model