Ayati Trust Sri Lanka is a charitable trust incorporated between the University of Kelaniya, a state university in Sri Lanka and Hemas Holdings and MAS Holdings. An eminent and well respected Board of Trustees has been appointed to ensure the long term sustainability of the efforts of the trust.
Together with the esteemed Sri Lanka Army, and respected entities such as Triad and MICD as well as internationally reputed organisation Ernest and Young, our board of trustees create a solid foundation backed by various expertise that will prove beneficial in taking Ayati to greater heights.
Ensuring equal access to education, healthcare, social participation and future employment for children with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
Ayati Trust is a national charity involving The Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and the private sector coming together to find a long-term, sustainable solution for children with disabilities across Sri Lanka.
Disability is a large and growing issue which is often left an unapproached subject in Sri Lanka. An estimated 20% of children in Sri Lanka have some form of mental or physical disability. These children and their families are frequently subjected to myths and negative stereotyping which often results in parents keeping their child hidden from the world without seeking the proper intervention. This results in the child retreating into themselves and becoming even more socially unskilled.
It is the right of all children to have access to healthcare, education and social participation.
Research has shown that through early detection and intervention a child’s mental and physical state can be significantly improved.
However currently, there is a lack of awareness and access to professional help. Desperate parents are often sent from place to place with nowhere to turn to.
We are currently in the process of constructing the first National Centre for children with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This will also be equipped and run by the Trust with Medical Expertise being provided by the University of Kelaniya Faculty of Medicine.
We are planning to launch education to address the issue of negative stereotypes in our society.
Spectrum of Disabilities that will be addressed at the proposed Centre