Organisations

Minority Rights Group (MRG)

UK

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54 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT

The Minority Rights Group works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide and to promote co-operation and understanding between communities. It does this through publishing reports and training manuals, working with partners on training events and maintaining a presence at international forums. It promotes the active participation of minorities and indigenous peoples in decisions affecting their lives, promotes the implementation of international standards, develops conflict resolution and reconciliation initiatives and advocates the needs for mainstreaming minority rights in development policies. Minority Rights Group International is a significant organisation in the field of cultural diversity. It also places a strong emphasis on gender issues, and some of the publications give a brief reference to issues that impact early childhood development, such as lack of access to health services for certain indigenous groups (though there is no specific programme on early childhood development). The resource centre is not open to the public

International Family Health (IFH)

UK

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40 Adler Street
London E1 1EE

IFH aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of disadvantaged people in resource-poor settings, based on the principles of empowering women and men to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health; meeting unmet needs; increasing access to integrated and high quality services; gender equity; and diversity of families

Sri Lanka Association of Professional Social Workers (SLAPSH)

Sri Lanka

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191, Dharmapala Mawatha
Colombo 07

SLAPSW's aims include: Upkeeping professional standards of social work; Training and research in human resource development; Working with the National Institute of Social Development in Sri Lanka in producing a quality workforce for social development; Produce local social work literature for public education; Undertake community development work in all parts of the country. The SLAPSW resource centre is open to the public

Nest

Sri Lanka

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Kåie House
241 Beach Road
Hendala
Wattala

Aims to see happiness, promote justice and freedom, lift the stigmatisation of labelling, promote understanding and promote coping mechanisms within the community

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (OCAA)

Australia

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156 George Street
Fitzroy
Victoria 3065

OCAA aims to work in a professional, flexible, responsive, strategic and innovative manner with vulnerable communities so that these communitites can participate in, and take control over their own development. They can do this by working collaboratively with us, the Oxfam International community, and with Oxfam Community Aid Abroad's partners in the field who in turn participate with these vulnerable communitites in their development. Oxfam Community Aids Abroad will achieve for the poor and marginalised, a fairer world in which more of them exercise their basic rights, control their own lives and the environment in which the depend is better sustained. The resource centre is open to the public

Y Care International (YMCA)

UK

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3-9 Southampton Row
London WC1B 5HY

The international development agency of the YMCA movement. Focuses on the needs and contributions of young people in the developing world, who face the severest of economic and social conditions. They aim to provide financial support for projects that aim to promote self-sufficiency. Funds are chanelled through local YMCAs, which develop projects with their local communities. They aim to broaden the opportunities available to marginalised young people and enable them to escape the poverty trap. They also aim to raise the awareness of development issues in the UK

Disability and Development Partners (DDP)

UK

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404 Camden Road
London N7 0SJ

The JLC assists in the rehabilitation of people who have suffered the loss of or use of limbs. It promotes the use of appropriate technology in mobility appliance, such as the Jaipur foot. It supports work which promotes greater accessibility for people with disabilities to their rights. It supports work that raises awareness about disability, poverty and development issues. It also works with other organisations and groups to raise awareness about the causes and prevention of disability

Alliance Lanka

Sri Lanka

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No 174/4 Stanley Tillekarathne Mawatha
Nugegoda

Alliance Lanka provides funding and technical support to small NGOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. They provide support and training in project formulation and development, evaluation and monitoring and project management. The Alliance Lanka resource centre is open to the public.

Christopher "Maithri"( Compassiom) Therapy Centre (C.M/T.C.)

Sri Lanka

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921Aluthmawatha road
Colombo 15
Sri Lanka
01500

The Centre provides care and support services for children and adults with disabilities who have no, or very limited access, to other support services. Children and adults are identified and invited to attend the Centre after an assessment and interview with the family in their place of residence. An initial group of children and adults have already been identified and attending to the Centre twice a week to have access to various therapies and other services. The Centre is based in the Colombo 15 because this has been identified as one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in the city where access to appropriate services is very limited. Colombo 15 is a highly diverse area in terms of religion, ethnicity and culture. The centre is open to all without discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity or language. Children and adults who visit our centre are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome Myopathy (Muscular dystrophies) and slow learners. Each children and adults are receiving appropriate therapies, and Training according to their condition and ability. Basic language, Tamil, Sinhala, and English writing and reading, Communication skills art, music, indoor games, sensory therapy, Physio therapy, and occupational therapy. The follow up of all activates and therapies are continued at home, with the help of their parents and siblings with the advice of Jonathan Solomon Special Educationist/ Therapist.

Terre Des Hommes Switzerland

Switzerland

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Terre des hommes
Avenue de Montchoisi 15
CH-1006 Lausanne
Postfach
4018 Basel

Created in 1960's, the mission of Terre de hommes has been to come to the aid of children in need.  The mission aims to defend the rights of children, in times of war and natural disasters or distress.  Terre de hommes has developed in two core areas: healthcare and child protection.

Inclusive Community Resilience for Sustainable Disaster Risk Management (INCRISD) South Asia

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INCRISD South Asia (Inclusive Community Resilience for Sustainable Disaster Risk Management) is an action research, capacity building and policy advocacy project implemented through a consortium comprising of Handicap International, ActionAid and Oxfam. INCRISD South Asia aims at building safer, more resilient communities in South Asia by evidence-based inclusive approaches to disaster risk management (DRM) through a multi-stakeholders' engagement. INCRISD South Asia is rolled out in 6 countries of South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The project is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), under the 7th DIPECHO Action Plan for South Asia

Central Council of Disabled Persons (CCODP)

Sri Lanka

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PO Box 05
Kinigama Rd
Bandarawela 90100

CCODP aims:
1. To encourage persons interested to organize as groups for the common development of disabled.
2. To encourage groups of disabled and help them in every possible way to speak for themselves at National level.
3. To introduce CBR as the most appropriate, effective and cost-effective method for rural areas.
4. To make training facilities available to help implementers of CBR in every possible way to render a better service to the community.

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