The International Philanthropic Society of Sweden IPS
The Senkadagala Deaf & Blind School in Kandy, Sri Lanka was founded in 1962, by the president of the Ceylon Association for the Blind, who later went on to establish several special schools for deaf and blind children. Today Sri Lanka has 17 special schools for these children in need of special care.
The Senkadagala School in Kandy is a boarding school and the children who attend it come from every part of the country, with local children attending on a semi-boarding basis.
Over the years the Senkadagala school has benefited numerous disabled children from 5 to 18 years old. There are now 130 children at the school, of whom almost 100 are boarders who live in a hostel during term time. The school hostel provides food and accommodation free of charge as most of the children come from very poor families in rural parts of the country.
At the inaugural dinner of the IPS on 3rd October, IPS chose the Deaf and Blind School in Kandy,
Sri Lanka as its first fundraiser. This event was attended by 60 invited guests. A sum of 27,000 Swedish kronor was raised through donations.
Under the guidance of specially trained teachers the children follow the normal curriculum. The school has two sections: One is for blind children, who are taught in braille; in the other, deaf children are taught in sign language and lip reading. The children are taught a wide variety of subjects and skills with which they can become self-supporting in society.
The IPS funds are being used to improve the children’s health, hygiene and living conditions in the hostel.