“To enable persons who are physically handicapped, irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, cast or status to lead near normal lives.”
“To be a centre of excellence in the provision of artificial limbs and rehabilitation services to persons who need them.”
The present "Centre for Handicapped" had its origin in the year 1971. It was then called the "Kandy Orthopedic Workshop" and was funded by NIHR (National Institute of Handicapped Research) an U.S. based organization and the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka. With the cessation of this support in 1983 the production of limbs and orthopedic devices began to decline. During this period that the Colombo Friend In Need Society came into the picture to share its experience and expertise in this particular field. From then onwards the Kandy Orthopedic workshop came to be known as "Colombo Friend In Need Society, Kandy Branch”. During this period the Society changed its location a couple of times due to financial and administrative constraints. The Kandy Branch had a permanent location from 1992 at No 228, Digana Road, Kundasale on the state land on a long lease provided by the then President of Srilanka Hon. R. Premadasa. The Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD) stepped in to fund the Building while the Rotary Club of Kandy together with the International Rotary Movement, Rotary Clubs in Sweden and USAID established the Workshop, Wards and Office.
The Centre was opened by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. D. B. Wijetunge on the 26th of September 1992. In the year 2001 the Kandy Branch cede from the Colombo Friend In Need Society and thus was born the present Centre for Handicapped.
Up to date nearly 11,000 amputees from various parts of the country and from different walks of life have benefited from the CFH's artificial limb programs. There had been a progressive improvement in the quality of limbs produced as well as in their numbers and a conscious effort is being made to keep abreast with new developments in fabrication methods and technologies. Attention is also made to improving the organizational management and income generation of the benefitiories. From its original, traditional Aluminum Jaipur type of limbs, the Centre has improved to HDPE exoskeleton and composite endoskeletal limbs.
Technical staff from the Centre have been sent to India, Vietnnam and Cambodia for training programs to learn the fabrication of HDPE Exoskeletal limbs. A team of Prosthetic and Orthotic professionals from India assisted in the fabrication of Endoskeletal limbs. The whole concept of fabricating the HDPE Exoskeletal limbs has been changed and a professional flavor added to the benefit of the user.
The Stores have been reorganized and improved a system adapted in issuing of the required materials. A new building has been constructed for the Physiotherapy Unit and Vocational Training Units for our recipients. Patients who come from far off places and find it difficult to reach us are provided with transit and transport facilities. The Centre has also engaged in the distribution of mobility devices such as wheelchairs and crutches. Members of the Board have also helped patients in providing management skills and organizing capacities.
When the Centre was functioning under very difficult conditions, the Chairman Late Rev. Cannon Ratnayake at that time took the initiative to obtain the present state plan through the generosity of the late president of Srilanka Hon. Ranasinghe Premadasa, subsequently the late chairmen Mr. T. R. R. Rajan who succeeded late Rev. Cannon Ratnayake on his demise was succeeded further by the present chairmen Mr. Shamil Peiris who had the ability to generate funds for the improvement of this Centre from the Rotary moment NORAD, government Agency of the U.S, USAID etc to construct new buildings and purchase valuable equipments for manufacturing artificial limbs.
1) The Physiotherapy Unit consists of two Rehabilitation Therapy Assistants guided by a qualified Physiotherapist.
2) The Prosthetic and Orthotic Unit consists of four qualified Technicians, two Practitioner Assistants and two qualified category II Prosthetics and Orthotics Assistants.
3) The General Office consists of five Administrative Staff members (Manager, Accountant, PR Officer & two Clerks) and a Storekeeper.
4) The Rubber Foot Manufacturing Unit consists of a Production Manager and two Technicians.