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Project information

Reaching disabled people in Sri Lanka

To reduce poverty and discrimination facing disabled men and women in Trincolamee and Batticaloa, post-conflict districts of Sri Lanka by enabling them to participate more fully in the community through employment and enterprise, proactively promoting their potential.

September 2012 - August 2016

Charity information: APT Action on Poverty

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  • Need


    Both Batticaloa and Trincolamee districts have been badly affected by the civil war which killed approximately 70,000 people. The conflict also created many thousands of amputees as well as a group disabled people with mental health issues caused by trauma and dislocation. With limited livelihood choices, their absence from mainstream productive employment locks them in a vicious cycle of poverty.


    By changing the perception and attitudes of communities to people with disabilities through awareness raising programmes and workshops and motivating them to become productive by developing their skills for employment by the provision of short term market-led training courses - welding, sewing, food processing - and linking these skills tp access employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce discrimination and poverty among disabled people


    » There will be community awareness raising programmes and workshops.
    » Disabled people will be given the skills and confidence to earn an income.
    » The project will build the capacity of disabled people and support organisations to demand and secure disabled people's rights.
    » By building the capacity of our partner organisation through technical and monitoring support and international exchange visits.

    What success will look like

    Different activities will be monitored against specific indicators to check progress.

  • Impact


    It will enable 2200 disabled people (DP) to face less discrimination and more opportunity to participate in social and economic activities, with 10 DP in decision making positions and influencing reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes. Of these at least 500 DP will be productively employed with 10 being promoted as star advocates.


    Project period may be insufficient to change behaviour towards disabled people (DP), but demonstrations and high media profile coverage of successful role models will help people believe in the potential of DP.
    Tension between different minorities/factions may lead to suspicion and marginalisation. The project will be sensitive to this risk.


    The major funder - The Big Lottery Fund - will receive annual reports, a mid-term review and a final evaluation report. These documents will also be made available to other donors upon request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £491,749

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      Amount Heading Description
      £163,890 Salaries In Sri Lanka and UK
      £140,689 Training Staff, volunteer and beneficiary training
      £61,621 Information Public awareness,advocacy, promotion
      £39,458 Monitoring Monitoring and evaluation / auditing
      £37,289 Travel Travel and accommodation
      £48,802 Office costs Rent and communications/motor bikes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £472,754 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Trincomalee and Batticaola, post-conflict areas of Eastern Sri Lanka.


    2200 disabled people - amputees and those with mental health issues caused by trauma and dislocation -who live in poverty, are often excluded from society and have limited livelihood choices.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have previous experience of working with disabled people in Sri Lanka, addressing their specific needs and assisting them to be independent with their own sources of income, raising their self-esteem and building respect in their communities. Activities will be adapted from the model developed.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    CBTD will be responsible for managing the project on a daily basis, including staff management, project monitoring and financial management.