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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are proud to send out our latest newsletter with some exciting news and
‘snapshots’ of ongoing projects.  Please read and share our delight at the results
of all the hard work being carried out by the ECSAT team.  We invite you to
make any comments and ask questions and would be pleased to welcome you at
Galle Community Centre.
 
With our thanks and best wishes,

Roshan Samarawickrama
Programme Director

 
 
ECSAT NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2016
 
Meet Frieda!
Frieda is our new tuk tuk and a welcome addition to the ECSAT family.  She takes staff to their projects in the Galle area and for community research. Dushmantha, the driver, uses Frieda for shopping for office supplies, refreshments and handicraft materials. 
Frieda is becoming known in the Galle area and is a good advertisement for ECSAT Community Centre.

Frieda was the mother of a ‘Friends of ECSAT’ trustee. We give a special big thank you to Frieda for her legacy and to ‘Friends of ECSAT’ for funding our new tuk tuk.
A Big Thank You to Christina Mole for her mother’s legacy.
 


Congratulations to our Programme Director

 
We congratulate Roshan, our Programme Director who was awarded a place on a Community Solutions Programme in the U.S.  This is organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, and implemented by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board).

Roshan arrived in Washington on August 8th for a Welcome Orientation.  He is 2nd from left with a group of participants from other countries.

Roshan is now a fellow with the team at World Institute of Disability in Berkeley California.  The team includes Alabama a therapy dog which is a completely new experience for Roshan. He was invited to give a presentation about ECSAT on September 1st. Roshan is learning about different ideas which could benefit ECSAT when he returns in December.

 
New Community Centre in Matara
 
On July 28th, ECSAT was very proud to open a new Community Centre in Matara, 40 km from Galle along the southern coast.  The official opening ceremony included Kandyan dancers, speeches, traditional dances by ECSAT’s beneficiaries and a display of ECSAT handicrafts.
Many people in the Matara district attended and the Chief Guest was the District Secretariat E.A.C. Widanagamachchi. ECSAT carried out Community Research in Matara which revealed a need for education classes and vocational training for 80 disabled children and young adults who have never been school due to discrimination. Currently the Matara Centre provides classes for 45 beneficiaries and 35 are on the waiting list.  ECSAT provides 5 full-time staff.

A Big Thank You to Professor H.P.W. Jayasuriya who has supported our project.

A Big Thank You to Australia High Commission who funded the Matara Centre.

 

A Display of Beautiful Handmade crafts at Matara Centre. Please check out these batik and embroidered crafts at:
 
Ideal gifts for the family at competitive prices!
Snapshots of some of our Programmes
 
Meet Nalefa who is 29 and has cerebral palsy.  She had never used a walking frame and has been coming to ECSAT for 4 months for physiotherapy.  She has made great progress and we hope she will walk in the future.
An Italian Volunteer from Volunteer Sri Lanka supports Mahesika with Vocational Training at Galle Community Centre.
ECSAT is Seeking New Board Members!
 
Galle Board of Directors is looking for enthusiastic people who want to ensure that families of children with disabilities in Galle and Matara have the support and information they need to enhance their children’s well- being and development. Although we are specifically seeking Board Members who have expertise in Media/Public Relations and/or Fundraising and or/ Legal, we welcome any committed person with a skill to offer.
 
If you are interested to join for this life changing role, please email us with your bio data.
Also for more information please feel free to contact Roshan Samarawickrama – the Programme Director at roshanecsat@gmail.com

A Big Thank You To Our Current Sponsors
 
  • Australia High Commission
  • British Asia Trust
  • Feminist Review Trust
  • Friends of ECSAT
  • Kindermission
  • Meriel Peain
  • Rotary Club Colombo
  • Saramanda
A big THANK-YOU...
... to all of you – our supporters and friends – who have made ECSAT’s work possible!
We will send you another newsletter soon to keep you up to date with all of our news.

 
Keep in touch
Check our website www.ecsatlanka.org
Join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ecsat
Support ECSAT: regular & one-time giving

Your donations make a huge difference to the lives of poor and vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. Please help support our work by making a one-off or a regular donation. 

Donate online at www.ecsatlanka.org/support 

Or set up a regular or donation to our bank:
 
Sri Lanka: ECSAT 
Bank name and branch: Commercial Bank – Galle Fort 
Account number: 1107585301 
SWIFT CODE: CCEYLKLX
 
UK: Friends of ECSAT 
Bank name: HSBC 
Account number: 01858920 
Sort Code: 40-09-18

If you would like to donate in the UK using Gift Aid we will be able to claim the tax back, increasing the value of your donation by 28%. Please visit www.ecsatlanka.org/support for more information.
Keep in touch
ECSAT Community Support Centre, 288/4 Singhepura, Wackwella Road, Galle, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 912248475 (Centre)
Tel: +94 773489222 (Programme Manager)
Email: ecsatlanka@gmail.com
NGO number: L-105104






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