November 2017 Newsletter

VACD November 2017 Newsletter

Dear All,

Trust this finds you and your loved ones well.

VACD Australia 2016/17 AGM:

The Annual General Meeting of VACD Australia was held on Monday, 30th October in Sydney.  For Felix Stephen's annual report to the VACD Australia Board, please control click on the following link: http://vacd.org.au/images/2017/October/vacd-annual-report-2017.pdf

The VACD Mission Statement has been updated to read as follows:

Our Goal

VACD’s goal is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities in some of the poorest provinces of Sri Lanka because of the acute shortage of proper infrastructure and support facilities available in these regions. We intend achieving this by providing them with skills and surrounding them with suitable facilities and infrastructure that will help them lead independent lives.

What we do

To help these children achieve their aspirations we provide their parents with training and guidance to endure with the challenges of caring for their children. Through our VACD centres we provide children with disabilities with special education, life skills, vocational skills as well as music and dance training. VACD also sponsors and equips health clinics at local hospitals to facilitate regular check-ups, therapy and rehabilitation services. This enables the children to become even more valuable citizens and be accepted by their communities. 

How we achieve our mission

To accomplish our mission, we establish VACD Centres and engage with local communities, religious groups, business, government and medical authorities. Through engagement, awareness and communication we strive to eliminate poverty, ignorance, discrimination, social isolation, vilification and abuse. We promulgate and encourage communities to value, uphold and respect the rights of children with disabilities.

VACD USA:

The VACD USA team is now complete with a lineup of experienced and dedicated members, and the webpage is now live!!! Please control click on: http://www.vacdusa.org/  or http://www.vacdusa.com/ for more details. This webpage will be updated with more information, news, videos, and photographs soon.

U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD): Sunday, 3rd December 2017:

The theme for IDPD 2017 is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. The annual observance of IDPD has an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of various barriers, and the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

VACD is organizing a procession by children with disabilities, their families, supporters, and public along Main street, Bandarawela to mark this day.  This procession will be the first of its kind in the Uva province and should generate community and public awareness of the plight of children with disabilities and the work we do to uplift these children and their families. Public and community support is critical for our humanitarian mission.

Expansion and funding program video:

We continue to concentrate our efforts on opening more VACD centres so that we can extend a helping hand to more children with disabilities across the province.  This short YouTube video: (control click) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPduKqi4AiM&feature=youtu.be is being shared with you so that you can help us raise sufficient funds to meet this challenge.

Big “Thank you”:  Our deep and sincere thanks to our dear family friend Mr. Nimal Punchihewa – former drummer of Gypsies - the iconic Sri Lankan music band, who arranged for VACD to receive support from his former band colleagues Mr. Sunil Perera – Manager & Leader Gypsies and Mr. Lal Perera -  owner of a printing press, who printed high-quality VACD Sri Lanka Factsheets in English & Sinhala free of charge. Also, thanks to Ms. Thahani Suby from the Gypsies office for her coordinating work.

Please share this newsletter with your family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Our thanks, best wishes and warm regards to all of you, for your continued invaluable support, guidance and assistance and for being part of this incredible and challenging VACD journey.......Yasmin

Yasmin Stephen

Administration & Communications Secretary VACD Australia

& Member of the Advisory Board VACD USA

Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited,

ACN: 605 017 016/ ABN: 80 605 017 016 &ACNC Registered

Cherrybrook, NSW 2126, Australia