The Project

The organisation has been working with disabled children and their families since 1988. Despite the apparently slow pace of visible improvements among these children, MENCAFEP provides a nurturing environment for children who would otherwise be abandoned by their parents and become social outcasts.

MENCAFEP originated 24 years ago when Ranji and Chris Stubbs (Founders) were working with helping unemployed young women in Nuwara Eliya to find work. It was difficult finding jobs for them in a depressed economy. At the same time they found out that there were many disabled children who were being left out to die because their parents were unable to care for them. After some research they also found that nothing was being done for these children and in many cases mentally disabled children were simply being left to die in isolation. Ranji and Chris decided to start a day-care school and centre where both these children would be looked after and the unemployed women in the area could work. In 1988 they began with 6 children and their families, at the beginning of 2012 MENCAFEP is working with over 2,000 children and their families and during MENCAFEP’s years of existence it has helped and assisted over 5,000 children and their families.

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