Statistics reveal that there are more than 300,000 hearing impaired persons in Sri Lanka. Most often they have amazing talents and abilities which often go unnoticed by society. In February, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) together with the Christian Organisation for the Deaf conducted a programme for 70 participants at the Bata Atha Farm in Hambantota. The programme offered a forum for them to meet and share common problems and needs. Each session had a biblical value which helped the participants realise the purpose of life on earth. All the sessions were interpreted by professional interpreters through sign language. This programme has really helped us to improve our communication skills. I was happy to meet others with disabilities like myself and we had a good time of fellowship” said a participant. The NCEASL organises similar programmes for marginalised communities and networks with churches with the aim of addressing national problems.

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