Sri Lanka’s dynamic High Commissioner to the Court of St. James spoke eloquently on the needs of the differently abled at a charity event in the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster – High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis spoke with sincerity about the differently abled at the charity event highlighting the work of the Deaf and Blind Aid Lanka (DABAL).
Dr. Nonis talked about the developments going on in Sri Lanka in the country’s efforts to make it an inclusive society which involves the rights of the disability community.
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the UK Dr. Chris Nonis is a diplomat who practices what he preaches – Dr. Nonis’s family own the Mackwoods tea company in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan broadcaster loved to have a cup of Mackwoods Tea when he lived in Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo. He would sit in the garden drinking a cup of Mackwoods tea after a hard days work at Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Dr. Nonis spoke of the Mackwoods tea company proving employment for the differently abled and how he tried to bring the ‘inclusiveness’ of the Mackwoods group during their 160th anniversary celebrations in Colombo when blind school children from Kuliyapitiya took centre stage at the celebrations.
According to the DABAL website:
Deaf And Blind Aid Lanka
We dream of seeing the day when every single deaf and blind child in Sri Lanka is empowered to become an important part of society.
Our specific mission is to enable Deaf and Blind Schools in Sri Lanka to enhance provision of welfare, educational and recreational facilities.
t is a policy of the Charity to support two deaf and blind schools each year. Two school are chosen by lottery at the AGM, and every school that wants the Charity’s support has an equal chance of being chosen.
The six-year-old has begun to dream. It dreams of the dawn of the day when every deaf and blind child in Sri Lanka is free from poverty and is able to have the education and support needed to play an integral and important part in the society of Sri Lanka.
DABAL believes that it will continue to make an ever-increasing impact in the lives of deaf and blind children in Sri Lanka by raising awareness that it is important to invest in their future to enable and empower them to reach out for educational and employment opportunities.
It is Mark Twain who said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” The evidence suggests that “the language” is gathering momentum. Perhaps the future is not merely a dream of a Six-year-old.