Newsletter – Projects we have funded

Projects we have funded

We have recently approved grants for projects in Sri Lanka to:

  • Provide support to fifty disabled people living in remote areas
  • Enable twenty five children with disabilities to attend a national sports meet where they won 43 medals
  • Support disabled children to build an eco-friendly playhouse

The “projects we have funded” page on our website details some of the activities we have, with your help, supported since 2010. We will keep this updated with future projects too, so take a look here.

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Newsletter – Pub quiz success!

Pub quiz success!

Thanks to the 40 people who came to the pub quiz fundraiser on 11 April in central London.

It was great fun and we raised £200 for the cause.

For those quizzers who signed up for email updates as well, welcome!

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Newsletter – Jon and Mark are rowing the Danube next month!

Jon and Mark are rowing the Danube next month!

Jon and Mark - Row the Danube

Our trustee Jon Cowie and his old uni friend Mark Hughes will attempt to row the entire Danube river next month. We are very

excited that Friends of Navajeevana is one of their two chosen charities, along with Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Jon says: “This monstrous challenge will be no minor feat. It will involve rowing 100km a day through 11 countries, and we will be battling fatigue, searing heat and unpredictable river conditions.”

Jon (top right) and Mark (bottom right) – both experienced oarsmen – are the first rowers to attempt this massive challenge so join us by supporting them via Facebook, Twitter, and their website.

The route will take them from Ulm in Germany on June 3rd, through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania across the Black Sea to finish in Istanbul a month later. Jon and Mark will be posting regular updates via GPS and social media.

If you would like to make a contribution to either of their chosen charities, please do so here:


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London Pub Quiz – Row the Danube and Friends of Navajeevana

Following the success of last year’s Bristol pub quiz, we’re VERY excited to be organising one in London.

It will take place at the Two Chairmen in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 11 April.

Entry is £5 per person and there will be some great prizes. Email us to register your team!

We will also be using the night to tell you all about Row the Danube, our trustee Jon’s intrepid mission to cross Europe by rowing boat this summer.

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Latest newsletter: last chance to support the appeal!

Hakmana school appeal: last chance to donate – and thanks for your support!

Our New Year appeal for the amazing Hakmana school ends this weekend (we can’t believe it’s March already!) and it has been a real success.

pic_3.2.1.jpgWe aimed to raise enough money to keep the school in Hakmana, Sri Lanka running for another full year. It’s a fantastic resource centre set up in a local community to give an education to twenty children with disabilities (find out more about our recent visit).

pic_1.1.jpgWe have almost reached our target of just over £2000 (if you count gift aid – thanks Mr Taxman!). There’s still a little way to go so we’re keeping the appeal live until the weekend just in case – go on, you know you want to! Click here to donate.

If you’ve already contributed, THANK YOU!

We’ve been really impressed with your generosity. All of the staff at Navajeevana, as well as the parents of the kids at the school are very touched by all your support – and so are we!

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Prasanga at ISPO Congress

Here’s Mr Prasanga and friends at the ISPO Congress in Hyderabad (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics)

Prasanga emailed us the following message:
“During the congress I had a great chance to meet and share knowledge with different people qualified in the P&O field from around the world.
I must thank to you and your team that given a great support for me to attend the congress, and please convey my regards to all at Friends of Navajeevana.”

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Shoe-making at the Navajeevana Centre, January 2013

Buddhika is making shoes for people who can’t wear shop-bought shoes. He uses the usual techniques, but can adapt them to make sure they fit over prosthetics or orthotics, for example. Buddhika is deaf himself, and actually attended the Navajeevana school before going on to work there.

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