A team headed by Dr. Anuradha Jayakody from The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) together with Ms. Manique Gunaratne took the initiative in developing a mobile app for vision impaired persons to read lottery tickets in September 2019. This mobile app will support vision impaired persons to read the numbers of the lottery ticket, get the winning numbers and rewards. This mobile app will also support vision impaired lottery ticket sellers to connect with the Lotteries Board and support them with necessary support.


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Ms. Krishani Jayaweera, Mr. Chamara Dayarathne, Mr. Dilan Jayaweera, Mr. Narendra Bangamuwage and Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter


Grassroot level Organisations finds it very difficult to run the organisation due to lack of financial resources. The Institute for Monitoring & Evaluation (TIME) and Change the Game Academy in Netherlands conducted a training programme on Local Fund Raising at Coral Sands Hotel – Hikkaduwa  in September 2019. The reasons to conduct this Fund Raising programme is to:

  1. Fundraising makes nonprofits plan.
  2. Fundraising makes nonprofits see where they are vulnerable.
  3. Fundraising makes nonprofits work as teams and align goals.
  4. Fundraising makes nonprofits prioritize projects.
  5. Fundraising makes nonprofits partner.
  6. Fundraising makes nonprofits work to alleviate the greatest community needs.
  7. Fundraising makes nonprofits evaluate.
  8. Fundraising makes nonprofits sustainable.
  9. Empower organisations at grass root level.

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1 Group activity.

2 Group activity.

3 Group photograph.

4 Group photograph.

5 Manique presenting.

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon


The Employers’ Network on Disability was initiated in 1999 with the support of the ILO to develop employability skills of persons with disabilities and to provide employment opportunities. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) provided an Internship opportunity for a hearing-impaired graphic designer in September 2019 to complete his NVQ level certification.


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Charith at work.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities


We are all persons with disabilities at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, pregnant mother, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free And adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally. As a matter of fact, the needs of the persons with disabilities coincide with the needs of the majority, and all

People are at ease with them. As such, planning for the majority implies planning for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

The technical aim of an access audit is to give recommendations to provide a barrier-free Environment for the independence, convenience and safety of all people with disabilities and persons with not yet with a disability. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialized Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted an access audit to give recommendations to Logiwiz Ltd. Who Provides services to Unilever Sri Lanka to make their premises a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities in July 2019.


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Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Mr. Santhush Peiris, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Chamod Nayananda.


Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum


The Employers’ Network on Disability affiliated to the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) has enabled several opportunities in the world of work for youth with disabilities. This year, many employment opportunities, internships and trainings have been provided through several EFC member companies and other EFC-associated affiliations including several government bodies.

The Employers’ Network on Disability was launched nearly 20 years ago with support from the ILO to facilitate employment and training opportunities in the private sector for job seekers with disabilities. Today the Network which has expanded with many success stories to its credit, acts as a link between the business community and organizations dealing with disability issues to facilitate mainstreaming its work. Under its job placement arm, what the Network strives is to secure ‘long term job security’ says the Manager, the Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Network, Manique Gunaratne. An internationally recognized activist for people with disabilities, Gunaratne steers the Network as a brand ambassador.  “The Training and Disability Resource Centre helps to bridge the gap between people without jobs and jobs without people,” she says.

“Opportunities are plenty in the private sector and we encourage youth with disabilities to seek the guidance of the EFC as we strongly believe that no one should be left behind. It is also time that we eliminated terms such as ‘drop outs,” said the Director General of the EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe, following the MOU signed between the EFC and Airtel Sri Lanka last week in securing job placements and trainings for job seekers with disabilities mentored by the Training and Disability Resource Centre. Applauding Airtel Sri Lanka for coming forward to offer in-house training to partially-visually impaired Rajinda Ekanayake who was trained at the Training and Disability Resource Centre, EFC’s DG urged Airtel Lanka to make the good practice a long term commitment and thereby champion inclusivity at work place.

Endorsing EFC Chief’s observations, CEO, Airtel Sri Lanka, Jinesh  Hegde remarked that the gesture is aligned with his organization’s commitment to empowering the youth in Sri Lanka. Adding that young job seekers with disabilities can add immense value to an organization, Airtel Sri Lanka’s CEO went on to note that they can contribute to the growth of a workplace like any other counterpart.

Encouraging parents to identify the special talents of their children despite disabilities, and nurture them through the assistance of platforms such as The Employers’ Network on Disability, the EFC’s DG also alluded to recent initiatives by the EFC including partnerships made possible with state universities and other collectives committed to those with disabilities and moves such as the ‘Junior Achievers’ initiated by the Policy Development Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office.


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1 Airtel CEO speaking.


2 At table.

3 Airtel CEO signing.


4 Group photograph.

5 The CEOs holding the MOU.

6 EFC Director General signing.

7 Manique and Rajinda with Airtel team.

8 Manique signing.

9 Rajinda speaking.

10 Trainees to face interviews.


Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled



Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and EFC trainee, Ms. Chandima Priyadharshani spoke about “Small business development” training at an half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in June 2019. Sign Language interpretation was done by Mr. Gihan Madushanka. The programme produced and moderated by Mr. Sujeewa Manage.


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Sujeewa, Manique, Chandima and Gihan recording the programme.

Audio files below


Manique Gunaratne

Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association