Equal opportunity for the differently able people: vocational skills for self-employment

Equal opportunity for the differently able people: vocational skills for self-employment


The differently able population form the Vanni districts are got not much of opportunities to build their livelihood avenues due to the war. More over the war has created a new set of disability among the youth population. RAHAMA‘s equal opportunity for all, concept was worked well in the vocational skills development program to build the youths for employability.

RAHAMA in collaboration with District Vocational Training Centre (DVTC) – Kilinochchi has arranged an event to handing over tools and equipment to 25 people with special needs who have been completed their vocational skill training in 2015/2016 at DVTC Kilinochchi successfully. This collaborative project’s objective is to create self-employment to the people with special needs under the funding assistance from FORUT Norway.

“I am very happy to participate in this event, both RAHAMA and the vocational education Unit in Kilinochchi has done the right thing to main stream the youths with special needs to start new employment opportunities. There are agencies giving training without focusing the end product of the training. Here both RAHAMA and DVTC has planned the training properly to see the future of the trainees for them to continue their employment.” This was the short summary of the speech made by the Government Agent – Kilinochchi, when he handed over the equipment to the people with special need to commence collective and self-employment programs.

Speaking in this occasion the Director of the DVTC said that the Government Agent is very helpful to run the programs in the DVTC. He further said that RAHAMA has set the stage to develop the future for the youths, by guiding the DVTC team sustain the training provided and to use them for employment.

Subashini a trained garment worker now says she is capable of earning 2000/00 LKR month as a percent income. She further said that generally the people differently abled are considered as burden to families, but RAHAMA’s efforts are proving that the differently able people can also can perform well to improve the livelihood income generation to support the families affected by war.

This story will continue to give support for this particular target group for them work within the society to raise income and empower themselves to build a better future.