A message from our Founder

As our name suggests, Navajeevana (“new life”) is going through a revival.

Team Navajeevana has traversed a long journey of over twenty-five years and it is our continuous thirst for staying abreast with the times that makes us an icon in disability inclusive development and community-based rehabilitation.

We draw inspiration from the Greek mythological bird phoenix, which regenerates itself in cycles and thereby lives longer and becomes wiser with old knowledge.

Similarly, at Navajeevana, we come together as a team to take insight from self-evaluation and regenerate ourselves and function stronger as an organization.

This has also been a time of positive reinforcement as we use our past learning and long term practice knowledge to embark on a new strategic direction.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is still at the heart of our strategic drive, and yet we have made a positive shift in our delivery of CBR.

The Navajeevana CBR team received their training and mentoring on CBR as early as 1996 from a renowned pioneer in CBR – Dr. Padmini Mendis. And hence it is not a surprise that the Navajeevana CBR team has gained recognition as expert resource providers in the sectors of CBR, a resource center for rehabilitation through therapy, assistive devices and aids and inclusive primary education.

In fact Navajeevana Rehabilitation is a one stop shop for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.We continue to sow the seeds of knowledge through extensive training programs from grassroots to government provincial departments because we are firm believers that knowledge leads to confidence and better service delivery.

Knowledge is our wealth at Navajeevana – we share generously to make a positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.

We will continue to roll out the path of disability inclusive development and CBR in line with the larger government development framework and plans. Navajeevana does not stand alone in facilitating a better quality of life for persons with disability.

We complement and collaborate with government and mainstream development and rehabilitation organizations and multiply the positive impact of our work.

We remember with gratitude the contribution of Mr. S.M.K.B. Nandaratne our former Programme Director. Navajeevana now has a new torch bearer 4 for the team, Chintha Janaki Munasinghe, who comes to us with a diverse range of experience in community development, mental health rehabilitation, grassroots led initiatives and research skills specially related to impact and small enterprise development to name but a few.Team Navajeevana will continue to grow under her leadership and skilled mentoring as we carry on our pledge to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

I acknowledge the immensurable contribution extended to us by our members and their families, our dedicated team, and the Board of Directors for being actively engaged in seeing us through another challenging year.

The continued strength and encouragement from our long supportive donors, CBM, USAID, Embassy of Japan, Liliane Fonds, Friends of Navajeevana, Unesco Club Kettwig, Ev. Kirchengemeinde, Marianne Foundation, Brighter Life Foundation, Hope for Children, and the Provincial, Regional and National government of Sri Lanka together with our individual well wishers and the community has been beyond expectations. THANK YOU.

To USAID we owe our humble gratitude for building new hopes and granting exciting opportunities through the project “Strengthening of Persons with Disabilities in Southern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka”.

We appreciate their confidence in us to share our 27 years of learning with the three partners of the Eastern Province, Ladder of Hope (LOH), DEAFLINK and LEADS, to reach out with effective rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities towards an inclusive society.

Kumarini C. Wickramasuriya Founder/Chairperson

 

This is extracted from our 2013 Annual Report. Download the Annual Report here.

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