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For the 'Beauty with a Purpose' project i have focussed my attention on mentally and physically challenged children of my country. My goal was to spread awareness among society to help Sri Lanka move away from the ideology that special needs children are not good enough to be in society. I wanted to ensure that children with such difficulties would not be left isolated and forgotten and they would be given the same chance to lead a normal life as we were given as kids. I also collected many donations for a number of schools. 

One of those schools is the Siviraja School for the Deaf, Dumb, Blind and mentally challenged children in Chilaw in the North West of Sri Lanka. It is being run by the funds given by the government which amounts to Rs.50/- a day per child and the donations from various organisations.  This school provides a home for nearly 55 children, boys and girls from the ages of 5 years to 18 years, suffering with various physical and mental ailments. 12 of these children are orphans but the others go home during Christmas and other holidays. There are a few who have remained in the school even after their period of education ended. There are two separate boarding houses for the boys and girls.

The funds available to the school are not sufficient to maintain the home and the money collected by me by selling raffle tickets helped to repaint the hallways and the outsides of the school. 

The donations collected by an initiative driven by me also went towards the purchase of sports equipment, since the children informed on my first visit that they never get to play any sports. When I handed over the badminton racquets and the other items they were so thrilled and excited. I have never seen anyone so happy to play.

I also designed and printed flyers which contained information for parents of children with special needs. The leaflet contained information on where they can find help for their child along with a little motivation to bring their children into society.

Flyers were also printed to spread awareness of improving social integration for children who suffer and don't have a voice, who are unable to express emotions the way we do.

The final question i received at the evening of the Miss Sri Lanka pageant was 'Beauty is only skin deep, how would you use your beauty you are blessed with to uplift and help humanity?' and as i stated in my answer I will use my spotlight to give a voice to those who don't have one, like children who suffer with mental and physical ailments and animals who are abused and neglected. My country has suffered a 30 year war which we ended in May of 2009 and the country is still recovering from the effects of the war. Many families have been left homeless and many family members have been killed in the war.

I have joined the Red Cross Society of Sri Lanka in their Family Empowerment program which has built 21,300 homes for the war victim families and aim to provide entrepreneurial opportunities. We have raised USD 350,000 so far but it is nothing compared to the loss they suffered. We aim to provide them a self sustainable and safe environment through this program. This is the link to my work with the red cross society




Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

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