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Children with Special Needs

Project started: October 2012

CandleAid’s latest operational field is helping children with special needs. We started with DAS (Differently Abled Swimmers), training disabled children to swim – The DAS program came to an end in 2016 December. Now we have associated ourselves with two Day-Care Centres catering to disabled children, mainly in the down syndrome category.

Almost all the children who come daily to these places hail from poor families. It is a tremendous relief for the parents to see their children learning and playing in a safe environment. When they are happy and safe, the mothers are able to spend more time at home to attend to the needs of their families.

CandleAid’s role in this project is to facilitate a link between the children at these locations, with anyone who has the kindness to assist them in any way possible. We as parents know how proud we are of our children. There is no difference for parents of down syndrome children, except that they have an added responsibility to provide them with special care in ways relevant to their child’s level of condition. This becomes a challenge when the parents are in the low income category and have to battle with the multiple burdens of poverty.

Please contact us if you wish to contribute towards the invaluable services they render to not only to the children but to their parents as well.


Please contact the following for any further details
Project Director: Capt. Elmo Jayawardena – elmojay1@gmail.com
Project Coordinator Programme: Ms. Brintha Mathavasunderam  – accounts1@candleaid.org