- Sight Savers International / Sri Lanka Council for the Blind Joint Programme
for expansion of Library Services for both audio and Braille.
This project has been funded by the Sight Severs international – Sri Lanka as a
joint programme with the Sri Lanka council for the blind for the expansion of
library facilities in both talking books and Braille books. The implementation
commenced from June 2006 to July2008. This programme phased out for 3 years
by decentralizing into focal points spreding out 13 residential schools in 13
districts including north and east. The project objectives enhanced reading habits
and encourage literacy in listening reading and writing and helping their skills in
literacy this is a project to supplement students to further their capacity building
in education up to the highest level of achievement. This is also a massive project
launched costing Rs 17.4 million for the benefactors with the vision to make the
blind/ vi promote and encourages knowing the happenings and developments of
the country and the world at large.
C.C.F - Sri Lanka / Sri Lanka Council For the Blind Joint Programme for Blind/
Vision Impaired students in residential schools in the island.
This project has been funded by the Christian Children's Fund who has entered
into a partner ship with the Sri Lanka Council for the Blind. We proudly note that
this project has been lunged in 2005 aiming to improve access to educational
resources for blind/ vi children attending residential schools across the 13
districts as the first phase of this project we have conducted training of trainers
work shops on Information Communication Technology for selected teachers and
blind students from various districts – focusing computer operation specific office
packages and voice operated computer technology. These participants trained
their regional counter parts after the work shop ICT facilities have been provided
for the visually impaired and the Council for the Blind has a computer laboratory
specially designed for the blind with 15 computers, multi media projector public
address system and other office requirements. Over 50 Braille machines have
been distributed among the regional schools in districts viz. Batticaloa, Jaffna,
Kandy , Monaragala, Galle , Matera , Colombo , North Central, North Western,
and Uva Province (2 schools)
- Scholarship Fund for Blind/VI students who need to excel in their
A scheme has been setup to create a fund to facilitate scholars financially to
furtherance their graduation studies at Universities. A separate bank account is
maintained for the administration of the fund with the People's Bank. Union Place,
Colombo-02. A/C No. 0142001 72 00 2908 Considering the capacity and ability in
gaining Universal studies it is deemed fit to encourage this community to further
their studies as a matter of empowerment for the development of sustainability.
- New Headquarters Building.
The need has arisen to expand our services and activities to the community at
large. The present premises is in a dilapidated condition with limited space which
necessitates to construct new building.
An ideally suited plot of land, has been leased to us by the Urban Development.
Authority on the recommendation of her Excellency the President Madam
Chandrika Bandaranayke Kumaratunga, situated at No.50B, Sarana Mawatha,
Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.
The extent of the land is approximately 16 1/2 perches and building plan has
been completed designed to construct five storey building caring out soil
investigation test and preliminary work required for the construction has begun.
The Foundation stone has been laid and construction at the foundation level
work is yet to begin. This building provide accommodation for Braille press,
Making Braille library books, Audio library, Rehabilitation and Orientation and
Mobility centre, Language centre, Information Communication Centre (facilitate
computer training for the Blind / VI students, youth and war blinded adults), Eye
care unit, Low vision aid, Indoor games section, Welfare and convenience
facilities with accessibility for disables, Conference hall for seminars/work
shops/meetings etc., office accommodation and parking facilities.
The estimated approximate construction cost is valued at Rupees 40 Million.
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