Who we are

whiteIn 1987 Kumarini Wickramasuriya founded a health centre and pre-school for disabled children with special needs. The pre-school met for the first time under a mango tree just a few kilometres north of Tangalla. From these humble beginnings Navajeevana has grown over 25 years to be the primary organisation working with people with disabilities in the Hambantota district of southern Sri Lanka

Kumarini’s vision to see the inclusion of people with disabilities in their local communities remains at the heart of our approach. Through a network of volunteers and highly trained staff we work in the community, supporting people with disabilities and working alongside them to help them achieve independence. We back this up with our first-rate therapy services at our centre in Tangalla and high-quality special education.​

Our vision

​People with disabilities as equal participating members of a non- discriminating society.

​Our mission

To promote the inclusion and rights of people with disabilities by enabling and empowering them through a holistic community-based approach, and to prevent disabilities through education

Our values

​Equality – We believe every person is valuable and should have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Rights – we respect the rights of people with disabilities, with special emphasis on women, children and the elderly, and promote their right to access, inclusion, education, health and wellbeing.

​Community – we value the important role that local communities play. Our holistic approach supports individuals, families and communities through networking, education and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs).

​Care and social responsibility – We seek to foster a caring and socially responsible society by working with volunteers and promoting responsible economic development.

Where to find us

Navajeevana's rehabilitation centre and head office are in Tangalla. We work across many districts in southern Sri Lanka

We are based in Tangalle, a small town on the main road running from Matara to Hambantota. Come and visit us if you're in the area!