Welcome to VACD USA

Changing lives one child at a time.

Who We Are

A non-profit organization focused on serving children with disabilities.

What We Serve

We serve children with disabilities and their families in some of the poorest provinces of Sri Lanka for whom we are their only hope.

What We Do

We establish VACD Centres to enrich the lives of children by providing them with skills and surrounding them with suitable facilities and infrastructure as well as training and guidance for parents that will help them lead independent lives.

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Our Mission is Helping Children with Disabilities

To enrich the lives of children with disabilities in the poorest provinces of Sri Lanka by striving to eliminate poverty, ignorance, discrimination, social isolation, vilification, incest and sexual abuse etc. and to promulgate and encourage local communities and the broader society to accept, value, uphold and respect the rights of children with disabilities and aassist these children to achieve their potential, dreams and future aspirations.

About Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited (USA) Inc.

Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited (USA) Inc. (VACDUSA) was established in the second quarter of 2017 by a group of like-minded volunteers to organize resources to help children with disabilities in some of the poorest communities of Sri Lanka. VACDUSA (pronounced Vac – doo –saw) was inspired by Australian business leader, International Banker and Financial Investment Strategist Felix Stephen who established a sister organization in Sri Lanka in 2011 and Australia in 2012. Felix serves as a special advisor to VACDUSA.

Disabled children in rural Sri Lanka are a segment of society that are a forgotten generation, marginalised by the society and communities in which they live, have no safety net, no welfare benefits or respite from their relentless miseries. Most of these children hail from low income subsistence farming or low skilled labourer families and many are supported by a single parent or maternal grandparents.

Our aim is to promote and improve the wellbeing of children with disabilities in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka , to other poor provinces across this island nation and then, elsewhere as needed.

Serving one child at a time:

To help these children achieve their aspirations we provide their parents with training and guidance to endure with the challenges of caring for their children. Through our Centres we provide children with disabilities with special education, life skills, vocational skills as well as music and dance training. We also sponsor and equip health clinics at local hospitals to facilitate regular check-ups, therapy and rehabilitation services. This enables them to become productive and valued members of their communities.

VACD’s goal is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities by easing their physical and intellectual impairments and providing them with skills to lead independent lives because of the severe shortage of proper infrastructure and support facilities for them in that region.

How we achieve our mission

To accomplish this mission; we engage with local communities, religious groups, businesses, government and medical authorities and through discussion, awareness programs and workshops strive to eliminate poverty, ignorance, discrimination, social isolation, vilification, incest and sexual abuse etc. while promulgating and encouraging communities to value, uphold and respect the rights of children with disabilities.

VACD USA In Numbers

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Children according to census data that desperately need our help.

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$7000 USD Will Establish a New Centre and Pay for an Entire Year's Costs.

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90% Plus of Donations Goes Towards Changing Lives.

Leadership

VACD USA Board Members

Jay Goonetilleke
Chairman

James Gruver
Vice Chairman, Secretary

Rasika Padmaperuma
Treasurer

Marrianne Gruver
Member

Frank Fendler
Member

Shanti Willy
Member

VACD USA Advisory Board Members

Benjamin Friedman
Member

 Desmond MacIntyre
Member

Daniel Farley
Member

Dula Amarasinghe
Member

Felix Stephen
Chairman VACD Australia

Yasmin Stephen
Administration & Communications Secretary VACD Australia

Giles Gunesekera
Director & Secretary – VACD Australia

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