Applicant: Colombo Round Table 1
Project name: “Have U Heard” Round Table for Kids in Need
Subject/Proposal: Audiology center for NHF
Expected duration: 12 months
Expected total cost: USD$112,000
Requested Funds: $USD 56,000
Own Contribution: $USD 56,000
The Early Intervention Pre-School of the Narada Savana (Hear) Foundation, NHF,has become an Auditory Verbal Therapy Center, and it has so far integrated rehabilitated deaf children to regular primary schools and will be admitting more kids next year.
Children with a Total or Partial hearing impairment can be made to overcome his or her disability with the aid of modern hearing devices or by using cochlear implants, if so required. Once a child’s hearing loss is diagnosed and appropriate hearing aids are made available, the child can be taught to listen, hear and learn the spoken word through the use of techniques such as auditory verbal therapy. In almost all countries of the world, this form of training is common and available. Sadly, Sri Lanka is not as fortunate, as the Government’s emphasis is still on teaching sign language which is now considered an obsolete method. Even though this organization was established in 1999 and received its official charity approved status the foundation is having many difficulties. Today we see a limited number of kids being treated at Mrs. Weerathne’s (Founder of NHF) own residence. Due to space and budgetery constraints, this deprives many other kids who need this treatment, due to the lack of facilities and space.
This project comes with a strong vision to train children through auditory verbal therapy by having an audiology center with all facilities so that they can rehabilitate our deaf & hard of hearing kids who are studying not only in our Early Intervention Pre School but to any in the country. Colombo Round Table No.1 has selected and embarked on this project to facilitate the audiology center for NHF by raising the necessary funds.
Setting up of a training centre in Mathugama, Sri Lanka and financing the school for 2 years. The centre covered the training of 200 young men and women to learn English, Typing and the use of Computers for 2 years. CRT1 raised funds and provided all equipment and running cost for 2 years. The class rooms were located at the Temple.
Christmas project ongoing. Every year in December Kids orphanages are visited and food, clothing, books and stationery are donated. The finances are raised by individual Tablers through their friends and family.
Tsunami Disaster Relief. Soon after the devastating Asian Tsunami on Dec 26th, 2004, Tablers of CRT1 raised the necessary finance in one day and were amongst the first few organizations to visit the effected areas with 4 truckloads of emergency provisions, clothing, medical aid etc. This was then taken by Tablers of CRT1 on the 28th barely 40 hours after the Tsunami. After which all Tablers continued this for almost 3 to 4 weeks.
Benefit of particular projects to the community No child with impaired hearing shall grow up untreated because his or her parents are ignorant or are unable to bear the cost of diagnosis and treatment. Every such child should be helped to overcome the impairment in order to achieve the full potential for self development towards becoming a productive and useful citizen without being a burden to the society.
Who is involved:
Colombo Round Table 1 ( CRT1)
International Hearing Services (CIHS)
Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare
Tablers of Colombo Round Table No. 1 will commit all coordination to completing this project. Every rupee collected goes to the project. Implementation/Administration/supervision costs etc., are borne by the individual
Round Table 1 commits to fund raising 50% of the cost of the project. We hope to do this by
o Corporate Sponsorships – (Already received US$ 1,500.00 from Hatton National Bank)
o We have marketed this at the RTI World meeting and hope to follow up with countries that had shown interest.
o Projects to raise funds in Sri Lanka: currently discussing with banks to jointly arrange public fundraising programs. At present HNB assurance has come forward with a donation of Rs. 150,000/- towards hiring of an
audiologist for a period of 1 year.
o Attract other associations towards the project and get their involvement
o Talk to all such parties who may be in a position to help NHF
Reporting on Progress:
(i.e. monthly reports)
Regular periodic reports along with financials will be uploaded to our project website.
Periodic statements of work progress, including photographic evidence of work progress.
Total funding required
Building Construction - Rs. 8,607,280
Cost of Equipment - Rs. 3,406,275
Project Administration - Nil
Total – Rs. 8,000,000 (USD $ 112,000 Aprox)
Funds received for “Have U Heard” will be accounted separately and audited by our CRT 1 Auditors appointed at our last AGM: M/S Amarasekara & Sons, No12 Rotunda Gardens, Colombo 3
Please see profiles, Presentation and reports attached
Please see profiles, Presentation and reports attached
Chandana L. Aluthgama -
CRT 1 Chairman and Community Service Convener for NHF
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