May 2017

Documentary on VACD Sri Lanka by TV Ada Derana with English closed captions:

 

The following YouTube link would take you to part 1 of the documentary produced by TV Ada Derana with English closed captions that were appended by the Litmus Communication Agency, Nugegoda Sri Lanka

 

 

Dear All,

 

Trust this finds you and your loved ones well.

 

Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Ltd. (VACD) is a charity that is overseen by 65 likeminded volunteers offering their skills and services in various capacities and 4 administrative staff. 90% of all our revenue is directly deployed towards projects and programs that benefit VACD registered children and families.

 

We are registered as a not for profit, non-government, limited liability institution with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). ACNC have given us their ‘Tick of Approval’ for our transparency and accountability while the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have endorsed VACD with charity concessions and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. VACD is also registered in Sri Lanka as a not for profit, non-government charitable institution.

 

Services we deliver children with disabilities and their parents in Sri Lanka

  • Provide special education, nutritious meals, life skills, vocational, music, dance and computer training at the VACD Centre in Bandarawela;
  • Sponsor and equip Paediatric clinics in local hospitals to provide regular health checkups, medication, therapeutic services etc.;
  • Provide financial assistance for specialist medical consultations, hearing aids, spectacles, wheelchairs etc.
  • Grant monthly allowances to children with academic potential or a gifted sibling;
  • Provide skills training and micro finance for parents to start cottage industries and small businesses to supplement their household income;
  • Conduct regular seminars and workshops for children and parents;
  • Conduct specialist eye, dental, physiotherapy and other health clinics;
  • Engage with the local community, religious organisations, businesses, government departments and ministries to eliminate the stigma, discrimination, physical and sexual abuse and social isolation associated with disabilities and improve the welfare and rights of these children and their families;
  • Expand our footprint and services by opening new centres in key townships.

 

Documentary on VACD Sri Lanka by TV Ada Derana with English closed captions:

The following YouTube link would take you to part 1 of the documentary produced by TV Ada Derana with English closed captions that were appended by the Litmus Communication Agency, Nugegoda Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0isTj7dQp9s

 

You can view both episodes in Sinhala on YouTube by copying and pasting the relative links below onto your web browser as follows:

Part 1 (Search Light Episode 33)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGH256PNOE0

Part 2 (Search Light Episode 35)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk-9wBDswiY

 

Many thanks:

  • Donations: Thank you for your generosity and kindness in making financial and material donations to VACD. Please retain official receipts issued by us for financial donations and lodge them along with your annual tax returns for the financial year 2016/17, if you are an Australian based donor;
  • Educational Assistance Program (EAP): Thanks to all of you for continuing to participate and support our EAP initiative that makes it possible for our VACD children and their families to have a more hopeful future. Please retain the official receipts issued by us and lodge them along with your annual tax returns for the financial year 2016/17, if you are an Australian based donor;
  • ETSY RipplesGifts: Many thanks to all of you for your guidance, support and for promoting among your network my initiative to raise much needed funds for VACD projects and programs. The E-marketplace weblink to ‘RipplesGifts’ is:

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/RipplesGifts?ref=hdr_shop_menu/

 

VACD Webpage: You can find us on http://www.vacd.org.au/ for more information on our charity and how to provide tax deductible (Australian Tax payers) financial support for our projects, programs and mission.

 

 

Social Media / Facebook:

Please visit the VACD Facebook page on: https://www.facebook.com/Volunteers-to-Assist-Children-with-Disabilities-1104614162919537/?fref=ts or through the Facebook icon on the VACD webpage: http://www.vacd.org.au/. This page is regularly updated with news and information on VACD, up-to-date expert opinions and recommendations, postings and links to inspirational talks and videos etc.

 

Please join us and be part of this incredible, challenging and yet extremely rewarding altruistic VACD journey which we embarked upon five+ years ago, and please do share this newsletter with your family, friends, loved ones and colleagues.

 

Many thanks, best wishes, warm regards, Love & God Bless...Yasmin

 

 

Yasmin Stephen
Administration & Communications Secretary
Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited