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  • Uncategorized – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    news item 0 Comments Sunday December 7 2014 by The Shivan Foundation National broadcaster Rupavahini covered the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014 event during their 7pm Tamil news The relevant footage can be found by fast forwarding to

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  • United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons The 2013 theme is Break barriers and open doors to realise an inclusive society for all Following is UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon s message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 3 December More than 1 billion of us live with disabilities We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination In September during the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development United Nations Member States discussed the many ways that exclusion not only impacts the lives of persons with disabilities but affects the development of communities and society as a whole They re committed to taking national and international action to support disability inclusive development The UN system will continue to support those efforts We need to work harder to ensure that infrastructure and services support inclusive equitable and sustainable development for all This includes guaranteeing meaningful participation in processes that affect the rights and interests of persons with disabilities by providing an enabling environment To that end we

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  • Special Needs School Opening in Kilinochi – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    Kilinochi in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka It is the second such opening after the Kandy Teldeniya centre and the first in the Northern Province It has a full time capacity of 20 children The facilities will provide a meeting space for parents with disabled children a place where their children can obtain medical treatment including physiotherapy and Ayurveda and advice from the Foundation s specialists Where treatment cannot

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  • Featured Article on News.LK – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    funds from Siva Ganeshan the fouding father of Sivan Foundation Speaking further Minister Aluthgamage said that it was extremely rare to find philanthropists of the nature of Ganeshan in our country who solely out of his own personal funds contributed such a massive sum towards the establishment of the Training Centre for the benefit of the hapless sector of children of our society and they were the type Sri Lanka needed at the moment and in years to come He also said that it was the bounden duty of the Government and all the citizens of Sri Lanka to protect and extend every assistance to such philanthropists The Minister conveyed his sincere graditude to Ganeshan for his humane gesture and specially thanked him for selecting Digana Secretariat Division for establisng the Training Centre there Continuing his address the Minister said that there was a large number of children with special needs and it is our duty and responsibility to safeguard and integrate them into the society but he had his doubts whether this is happening As the access road to the Training Centre was in a very bad shape the Minister instructed Mrs Jayasena the Theldeniya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairperson who participated at the occasion to rehabilitate the road at the earliest Siva Ganeshan Chairman Sivan Foundation addressing the participants said that it was his son with congenital disabilities that caused him to set up the Training Centre When I was walking with my son at a certain place in Colombo I came to know of the attitudes the Sri Lankans were harbouring towards the children needing special attention it is this that made me to set up the institution of the nature that is opened today I therefore thought of investing what I earn from my businesses in England for

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  • Kandy-Teldeniya School Opening – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development with the participation of Hon Mahindananda Aluthgama Minister of Sports Hon Sarath Ekanayake Chief Minister of Central Province Hon G A Chandrasiri Governor Northern Province Hon Tikiri Kobbakaduwa Governor Central Province and Ganesh Velautham Founder Shivan Foundation Also in attendance were the children currently enrolled at the school together with their families Local school children joined the celebrations with traditional song and

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  • Official Press Release (Opening) – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    Disabled Children is a registered charity founded overseen and financed by Sri Lankan born entrepreneur Ganeswaran Velautham Taking inspiration from his son Shivan who is autistic blind and suffers from cerebral palsy Ganesh has set out to help disabled children and provide the necessary support for their parents through the creation of Special Needs Schools for local students and residential homes for those students who live further afield Priority for paid staff positions with full training will be given to parents and disabled adults Each school will be run by self governing parents committees Various awareness programs will be put in place to help eradicate the social stigma associated with physical and mental disabilities The Special Needs School in Teldeniya near Kandy is the first centre of its kind to be built by the Foundation after years of planning and preparation The centre is set on 10 acres of rural land surrounded by a breathtaking 3000 ft hill range and located several miles outside Kandy city The centre s 15000 sq ft core building houses several health educational and leisure facilities such as a swimming pool hydrotherapy pool music therapy room Ayurveda centre and herbal massage room Completing the site are several acres of organic farm land and free range animal enclosures providing children with the opportunity to interact with nature for example through animal feeding and petting The centre currently operates as a day school none the less it aims to offer full residential services through round the clock care and accommodation in the near future subject to further funding Until then the Foundation will offer a free shuttle service as well as financial help towards bus fares In addition those children living in the direst conditions are being offered free home improvement services such as access to or

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  • The Shivan Foundation – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    starts at 15 25 Press reactions Beacon of light for differently abled children Daily News Sri Lanka EDITORIAL The Child s name is tomorrow Daily Mirror Sri Lanka First anniversary Celebrations of Sivan Foundation EPDP News Sinhala and Tamil New Year 0 Comments Saturday April 12 2014 by The Shivan Foundation This week marked the beginning of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka To celebrate this festive occasion the Shivan Foundation for Disabled Children organized a special lunch gathering serving traditional Sri Lankan food using heated coconut milk and tea across all centres Many items of children s clothing were donated by the Foundation to those families in greatest need Below is a selection of photographs from the celebrations at the Shivan Foundation s School for Special Needs in Kandy Teldeniya more to follow Road works Dec 13 0 Comments Saturday December 28 2013 by The Shivan Foundation Over the past few months volunteers from the Sri Lankan Rifle Corps in Balagolla see our earlier report have been making drastic improvements to the access path leading from the main road to the Shivan Foundation School for Special Needs in Kandy Teldeniya The access route is at times nothing more than a dirt track requiring the use of off road vehicles By improving the road the Foundation will be able to welcome more vehicles types including tuk tuks thus making it easier for children parents staff and visitors to access the centre This months parents from the school committee and staff have been helping out with the finishing touches Much more work and funding is required to improve the entire access route Please contact us for ways to help New children s pool opens at Kandy Teldeniya special needs school Dec 13 0 Comments Saturday December 28 2013 by The Shivan Foundation After months under construction mainly due to funding shortages the outdoor hydrotherapy pool has finally opened at our special needs school in Kandy Teldeniya The pool benefiting from Sri Lanka s favorable all year air temperatures will offer disability swimming lessons hydrotherapy including water based massages and physiotherapy and open sessions for disabled children their parents and carers Not only does swimming improve the body it is also a fun and playful retreat for children The excitement of the first children to use the pool was clearly visible The pool which was paid for entirely by the Foundation s founder Ganesh Velautham is fully lit and provides ramp access for suitable wheelchairs Balagolla Rifle Corps anniversary visit Dec 13 0 Comments Thursday December 26 2013 by The Shivan Foundation As part of their anniversary celebrations volunteers from the Sri Lanka Rifle Corps in Balagolla visited the Shivan Foundation s Centre for Disabled Children in Kandy Teldeniya They brought food for the children their parents as well as the school staff and volunteers Over the past few months personnel from the Balagolla Rifle Corps have been working hard to improve the dirt track leading from the main

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  • The Shivan Foundation – The Shivan Foundation for disabled children
    s opening of the Foundation s first Special Needs School in Teldeniya Kandy Sri Lanka The full article is available here http news lk news sri lanka 6139 children with special needs get an intl training centre in digana From the News LK website Children with special needs get an Int l training centre in Digana Published on Wednesday 31 July 2013 12 26 on news lk Philanthropists of the calibre of Siva Ganeshan are a blessing to Sri Lanka in this era said Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage Mahindananda Aluthgamage Minister of Sports participating as the Chief Guest at the ceremony held to mark the opening of the International Training Centre for the children with special needs at Watapana Village Digana in Teldeniya Kandy recently said that philanthropists of the calbre of Siva Ganeshan are the ones needed by our country at all times Douglas Devananda Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development also participated at the ceremony The Training Centre had been constructed at a cost Rs 80 Million out of personal funds from Siva Ganeshan the fouding father of Sivan Foundation Speaking further Minister Aluthgamage said that it was extremely rare to find philanthropists of the nature of Ganeshan in our country who solely out of his own personal funds contributed such a massive sum towards the establishment of the Training Centre for the benefit of the hapless sector of children of our society and they were the type Sri Lanka needed at the moment and in years to come He also said that it was the bounden duty of the Government and all the citizens of Sri Lanka to protect and extend every assistance to such philanthropists The Minister conveyed his sincere graditude to Ganeshan for his humane gesture and specially thanked him for selecting Digana Secretariat Division for establisng the Training Centre there Continuing his address the Minister said that there was a large number of children with special needs and it is our duty and responsibility to safeguard and integrate them into the society but he had his doubts whether this is happening As the access road to the Training Centre was in a very bad shape the Minister instructed Mrs Jayasena the Theldeniya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairperson who participated at the occasion to rehabilitate the road at the earliest Siva Ganeshan Chairman Sivan Foundation addressing the participants said that it was his son with congenital disabilities that caused him to set up the Training Centre When I was walking with my son at a certain place in Colombo I came to know of the attitudes the Sri Lankans were harbouring towards the children needing special attention it is this that made me to set up the institution of the nature that is opened today I therefore thought of investing what I earn from my businesses in England for creation of a place conducive for such children here in Sri Lanka added Ganeshan He also said that Douglas Devananda his closest friend was of immense help

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