Dear friend of ECSAT,

We are delighted to share with you details of the latest news from ECSAT.

Please enjoy reading about all the exciting developments over the past three months and accept our best wishes and sincere gratitude for your continued support.

Thank you very much!

Best Regards,

Roshan Samarawickrama
ECSAT Programme Director


ECSAT Craft Fashion Show

On February 16th ECSAT produced a grand Fashion Show to over 200 people. All the children of ECSAT were represented as models and also some volunteers from Volunteer Sri Lanka. They modelled stunning batik dresses and sarongs with original designs made by our own producers.  We officially launched our ECSAT CRAFT web shop.

We thank Salon Sinali and Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel who were the main sponsors. Here you can see Sadamini and Pium with one of the foreign volunteers performing their talents.

Now people can buy the handicraft products through the new web shop. You can join hands with ECSAT to support this project which provides an income for the producers.

ECSAT Crafts
According to the Webshop launch ECSAT produces many handicraft products.
Batik Sarees - This is a new product of ECSAT craft. Fabulous colour matching and a peacock design are featured. Also butterfly wings using rich colours.
Madusha and Chalani our staff members modelled these very beautiful batik sarees at our fashion show.
Eshani, our assistant administrator and assistant coordinator of ECSAT CRAFT project, modelled two new batik products (a dress and a shawl) at the photo shoot for the ECSAT CRAFT leaflet. This long frock is sleeveless with a blue and white stripe design. The batik shawl features a peacock. We chose ocean and fruit colours to reflect our Sri Lankan culture.  Please visit
Adventure Trip
ECSAT children had a great day trip to NAKIYADENIYA. On 26th February children of ECSAT participated in an adventure trip to Nakiyadeniya joined by David, one of ECSAT’s trustees.  First of all we visited Aranchchaya (a type of temple) and worshiped Lord Buddha. After taking some snacks all the children went through a forest with a huge rock. Throughout the walking they carried out some fun games. After the adventure all the ECSAT team visited the Oil Palm Factory.


ECSAT Pre School children had their school uniforms kindly donated by one of our parents. All the children look like beautiful flowers. In the morning they are coming to ECSAT with lovely faces. Thank you very much for your great contribution. 08 kids are participating with wearing new uniforms and the others are newcomers so they are waiting to receive their new preschool uniforms. For the interval they are playing games. So Rashni and Binuka are throwing and kicking the balls very happily and with their new uniforms they are very confidence to do more activities.
New Year Celebration
ECSAT celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year.  All the children of ECSAT participated for this. Before starting the New Year festival ECSAT gave the priority for customs regarding the Hindu culture. So the children of ECSAT dressed as Hindu Family and Sinhala Family.
There were lot of festival games and different type of games for each child. All the children could participate in three games according to their ability. Each child also took part in Awurudu Kumaraya (Prince of the New Year festival) and Awurudu Kumariya (Princess of the New Year festival).
Some Snapshots of Our Programmes
Bumi and Binuka are preschool children. They are doing an activity using colours and balloons. They are very happy to do colour activities. They are making papier mache fishes.
Meet Fathuma
Fathuma is doing her education activities with one of our new staff members Anushka. Fathuma is doing her education activities very well and receiving physiotherapy at ECSAT. Now she has head balance to sit on her own. When we first met her she couldn’t sit on her own and had no head balance. ECSAT’s dream is to see Fathuma walk on her own by herself in the future.
New Project - Feminist Trust Review
Feminine Trust Review is funding an ECSAT special vocational training project for young women with disabilities. Fourteen women at Bonavista Residential Home and ECSAT Community Centre started vocational training for their livelihood skills.  They made candle lamps, rugs, greeting cards, incense sticks and bead necklaces. They also participated on their own to buy the materials for their products.

This project is a new initiative to prevent vulnerable women becoming institutionalised. Money raised from the sale of their products will provide them with a small income. 
Achini, one of Bonavista’s ladies with cerebral palsy, started to get the exercises and physiotherapy through the Feminine Trust Review project. Achini couldn’t receive this service before and this is the first time she is trying to do exercises. Now she can receive this service once a week. Achini is so excited to use a wheelchair.
Kumari our ECSAT staff member is trying to do her best to sit  Achini by herself. Best wishes to Kumari to do this great service better and better. Also the ECSAT team are waiting to see this development of Achini’s life. Thank you very much to the Feminine Trust Review for contributing the funds for this project to provide a valuable service to the ladies with disabilities.
A big THANK-YOU...
... to all of you – our supporters and friends – who have made ECSAT’s work possible!
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