In 2011 Alfy and Sharmini Perera decided to expand their children’s home, Home of Hope with a Rehabilitation Centre.Under supervision of Jose van Nunspeet from the Netherlands this rehabilitation center started helping children with a mental or physical disability. Physiotherapy wasn’t available in this area of Sri Lanka, especially not for poor people. Because of shame and ignorance these children with various disabilities were kept hidden from the outside world.
Today, over 300 children are treated every month. These children live in the area around Home of Hope. They receive physiotherapy, psychomotor therapy (PMT) or movement therapy, speech therapy and hydrotherapy. HOH Rehabilitation Centre features its own swimming pool. This is unique for the area.
There is also a building for speech therapy, therapy with snoezelen or controlled multi sensory environment and a special area for autistic children. Children with an autistic disorder are new for HOH Rehabilitation Centre. And there are virtually no other places in Sri Lanka where autistic children can get treatment.
For more information www.homeofhope4all.nl