Ongoing Projects

Projects, Programs, and Planned Activities for 2024/25

  1. Continuation and extension of our Education Assistance Program.

Est: A$ 5,000 P.A.

  1. Continuation and extension of our Family Assistance Program.

Est: A$ 10,000 P.A.

  1. Continuation and enhancements to our Nutrition Program for VACD children attending our centres.

Est: A$ 10,000 P.A.

  1. Resumption of quarterly visits to VACD centres by Paediatricians and General Practitioners from the local government hospitals to examine our VACD children, monitor and prescribe medications to them.

Pro Bono

  1. Provide travel, medical assistance to children from impoverished regions and financially stressed households and free prescribed medication to all our VACD children.

N/A. Should be known by mid-2024

  1. Conduct quarterly health camps/clinics/workshops for children and parents from across the Uva Province.

Est: A$ 20,000 P.A.

  1. Conduct regular leadership, vocational, computer, Excel/Word, motivational & other skills training etc. for VACD children, their parents, siblings and young VACD club members.

Est: A$ 10,000 P.A.

  1. Revive our Sri Lanka Young VACD Members Club, motivate, coach, and train young supporters of our mission to be potential future leaders and implement a medium-term leadership succession plan at VACD Sri Lanka. Provide vocational training opportunities for them with our collaborative partners and corporate sponsors.

Est: A$ 5,000 P.A.

  1. Implement our household income generation program by providing resources, training in home gardening, animal husbandry, bee keeping and other income generating prospects for VACD parents in collaboration with Teardrop Hotels and other local & provincial government agencies/specialists.

Est: (see 10 below)

  1. Provide sewing machines, overlockers, sewing material etc. at our centres to help parents learn to sew and earn additional household income.

Est: 9 & 10 = A$ 20,000 

  1. Provide additional hands-on specialist training for our newly recruited assistant teachers at the MJF Charitable Foundation on a regular basis

Est: A$ 10,000 P.A.

  1. Provide equipment for physical training, sports, exercise, recreation, art, craft, painting, music, dance, singing, vocational and life skills training, audio-visual equipment, computers, printers/scanners for rehabilitation, workshops & seminars for computer literacy training and additional office furniture to facilitate our capacity enhancement program.

Est: A$ 40,000

  1. Implementation of our “Early Childhood Supported Playgroup Program” for young children with developmental concerns by VACD Australia Director Ms Gabriella Vascotto – Visiting Consultant to VACD centres in Sri Lanka, Learning Consultant Autism/Behaviour and Supported Playgroup Project Consultant for Catholic Education Melbourne, assisted by Netaisha Harvey – VACD’s Head of Inclusive Education & Partnerships.

N/A. Should be known by mid-2024

  1. Implement an “outreach” program into remote rural areas of the Uva province where parents with children with disabilities need to be educated on the reasons for their child’s health condition and how to obtain medical guidance and expert advice, in collaboration with the local ministry of health.

Est: A$ 20,000 P.A.