four year old Chandra Mohan was once a happy young man who lost
both his legs to a tragic railway accident and is immobilised.
He is desperate, helpless and is compelled to seek public help.
Is there any hope for him?
In Sri Lanka, the number of handicapped people
are rapidly increasing. Some of the causes for these are
accidents, ignorance, negligence , carelessness and of course
ill - luck. Travelling in crowded buses and trains on foot
boards, ignoring shards of glass pieces and thorns that get into
the feet or worse still, using rusty blades or knives to remove
these thorns or pieces of glass which could make wounds septic
leading to gangrene and eventually amputation. Some lose a limb
due to illness such as cancer. Then we also have many war
victims with one or both legs lost.
Most of these victims belong to the poor class
of society, needing medical care, sympathy and encouragement.
Positively helping those unfortunate individuals, making their
lives more bearable and enabling then to live their life to the
The Centre for Handicapped in Kandy plays an
important and a silent role. The Centre is definitely a beam of
hope for those who otherwise could never dream of walking again.
The Centre’s aim is to provide artificial limbs to all who need
them, irrespective of caste, creed, race, social status or any
other man created distinctions. In addition to providing
artificial limbs, the Centre sets about creating awareness.
Orthopaedically (surgical correction of
deformities in bone or muscles ) handicapped persons, the Centre
extends adequate medical attention and most importantly tender
loving care. The Centre believes that its not just the body that
needs care and healing, but also the soul and spirit of the
individual involved. Many of these patients need emotional
support and individual attention and the feeling no one will
‘look down’ on them.
The present Centre for the Handicapped was
started in 1971 and known as the "Colombo Friend -In -Need "
society -Kandy branch. Now its has its own identity as the
"Centre for Handicapped" also called the " Jaipur Foot Programme"
located in the Digana Rd, Kundasale, Kandy. The centre affords a
pleasant atmosphere for the weakened souls who come there to
start their healing process. The labour of love of the dedicated
team of individuals and professionals, make the Centre an
efficiently managed vibrant unit and a model rehabilitation
centre for all who seek help.
Over 4000 amputees from various parts of the
country and from different walks of life have benefited from the
Centre’s unique limb programme. There has been a gradual
increase in the quality and the quantity in many aspects like
the fabrication of limbs, which is no ‘piece of cake’ and the
technology used along with organisational management.
From the traditional aluminium limbs to the new
aged exoskeleton limbs, a team of prosthetic and orthopaedic
professionals from India , has improved the quality of the
limbs. The Centre is fully equipped with its own manufacturing
unit, which provides custom made artificial limbs to suit
particular needs, providing the user with a more ‘user friendly’
limb. There are four technicians working in the manufacturing
unit , with three undergoing training in Cambodia. Once the
patient is fitted with the artificial leg, he is taught to
rehabilitate himself to his new life with the new leg.
The dream and goal of the dedicated team at the
Centre for Handicapped is an OPD unit which could cater to the
changing needs of the approximately 60,000 amputees present in
Sri Lanka. The rehabilitation unit would contain
Physiotherapists, Prosthetists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Medical
Social Workers and Occupational Therapists. Overall, the Centre
is trying its very best to cater to the needs of all amputees in
Sri Lanka and maintain high standards.
However, the tragedy is that most often the
amputees are too poor to pay even a part of the cost of the
limbs they are to be fitted. USAID through MOTIVATION an UK
based NGO is currently supporting the centre to improve the
quality of it’s products and services. The funds from the
government for this good cause is not much.
Hence, the Centre offers an unique opportunity
for any generous minded individual, group or corporate entity to
support its very worthy and humanitarian cause by lending a hand
to help those who can’t walk, to walk again and lead a near
Imagine seeing someone come into the Centre with
despair and watching them leave with hope. This could certainly
be the most rewarding experience ever -ever more so, when you
know, that you did your part in bringing a new lease of life to
another individual, who is just as special as you.
Mr.Shamil Peiris, chairmen Centre for the
Handicapped request from the general public to Help the Centre
make life meaningful to those unfortunate persons who have
suffered the trauma of losing a limb, but have all the right to
be able to lead a normal life, with the handicap minimised or
eliminated altogether. He also stated " Don’t hesitate to help
someone who needs your help. You’re not just doing it for them,
you’re doing it for yourself".
For further details please contact :
The Centre for Handicapped, No:228, Digana Rd,
e-mail: email@example.com fax : 081-2421930 or