‘Process of Play’ Theatre Workshop by Graeae Theatre Company

The ‘Process of Play’ Theatre workshop was held in Colombo from 24th – 28th October and in Kandy from 30th October to 3rd November. Jenny Sealey the Artistic Director of the Graeae Theatre Company U.K, led the threefold project, working with our trainers, participants, mothers and fathers. The project provided Sunera Foundation’s 35 trainers the opportunity to rediscover and develop their creativity, build their confidence, develop their leadership skills and increase their knowledge on disability and the disability arts.

The parents workshop was an opportunity for the them, to remind themselves of their hopes and dreams and to share their frustrations and fears. They were also taught how to create a dramatic framework through which they can tell their stories and share it with the wider community and policy makers.

Process of Play gave all the stakeholders the much needed international exposure of learning not just new techniques, but also a creative experience to remember. The last day involved the trainers putting into action the techniques which they had learned with a group of our participants in the presence of the media, who gave awareness to our work and the disabled community in Sri Lanka.

A few things the Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company U.K had to say after the ‘Process of Play’ training workshops…

– A different Romeo and Juliet but still with elastic and paper!! Simple things but full of creativity. Truly wonderful.

– Seriously wonderful – they created the story of Cinderella in an hour!

– It has been an awesome experience. It has been such a learning curve and there is so much potential with trainers, participants and Mothers.

– Proud of our trainers!

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Congratulations!

dharshana-bachelors-degreeCongratulations to our Accounts Executive Darshana Devapriya for achieving his Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from the University of Colombo!

Apart from his role in the finance division, Dharshana is the IT Wiz at the head office!

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Holiday Adventures & Celebrations

Trips, adventures and lots of fun!
Lots of fun and laughter was a part of the many annual trips that our participants went on this year. Accompanied by the trainers and the parents, the workshops in Kandy, Kobeigane, Kuliyapitiya, Akuressa, Kamburupitiya, Matara, Dehiwala, Maharagama, Horagolla, Horana, Kurunegala and Galle visited places of interest such as Mahiyanganaya, Guruge Park, Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya, etc.

Christmas Celebrations!
Our participants from the Negombo and Wattala workshops celebrated the Christmas season with an evening of carols on the 10th of December 2016 at the Kadolkale Church hall in Negombo. The programme was organized by the Parents Committee of the Negombo workshop together with our trainers. The participants took home a token gift and it was a festive evening for all.

Our participants from the plantation sector workshops celebrated Christmas with festive celebrations and singing carols at their workshops together with their parents, families and well-wishers. The programme was organized by the trainers and parents of the workshops. The participants were gifted raincoats at the end of the evening and they went home happy after an evening of festive cheer.

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Guest Performances by Sunera

World Tourism Day 2016
On invitation of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Sunera Foundation performed a dance to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016. This was held on 27th September 2016 at the auditorium of the Tourist Development Authority.

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Annual Literary Festival, Thirippane
The Thirappane workshop was invited to perform their drama produced for Samanalayaya 2016, for the Annual Literary Festival held at the Divisional Secretariat hall, Thirappane on 28th October 2016.

Sunera at the Asian Artistes’ Forum 2016
6 of our Sunera trainers participated at the Asian Artistes Forum for Integrated Living through Theatre, which was held at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, on 20th August 2016, facilitated by the Somalatha Subasinghe Play House and the University of the Visual and Performing Arts. The forum included open discussions, presentations, a book launch and the opportunity to network with artists and drama personnel.


Commemorating World Disability Day

In Mawanella..
Our workshop participants in Mawanella performed at the cultural festival organized by the District Secretariat of Mawanella, on the 25th of November 2016.

In Anuradhapura..
Our Anuradhapura workshop participants performed at the cultural evening organized by the Divisional Secretariat of Nuwaragampalatha East Anuradhapura on 03rd December 2016.

In Kurunegala……….
Our Kurunegala workshop participants performed at the cultural event organized by The District Secretariat, Kurunegala on the 3rd of December 2016 after which they received an award.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership

The Friends of Sunera Foundation, U.K started in 2006 with one aim – to raise funds for Sunera Foundation. Since then, FSF has always been our biggest supporter and have been true ‘Friends of Sunera’ over the past decade. Despite many challenges, FSF continued their fundraising efforts with much dedication. Their hard work has resulted in them raising a phenomenal amount of money in support of our work. This has been the backbone of our existence.

This year, FSF funds have supported 15 workshops, five issues of the Sinhala and Tamil provincial newsletters, and T-shirts for our trainers and participants; FSF also saw to completion two programmes of speech and language therapy—and, in April 2016, funded our 37th workshop, in Mannar. To do all this, they have obtained funds from U.K based trusts and ably assisted in fundraising events in aid of Sunera Foundation, as well as providing a focus for their many regular donors. We are indeed grateful.

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Vocational Training for our Workshop Participants

The Institute of Social Services enrolled seven of our participants in their vocational training programme for 2016/2017. This is a result of the development and progress seen in these participants after attending the Sunera workshops. This is an achievement that proves to us that our work is indeed helping the disabled community to integrate into society.

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Lending a Helping Hand

A 2-day camp was organized by the Rosina Nanayakkara Charitable Trust Fund for young people with special needs on the 12th and 13th of November 2016., in Galle. Our trainers from our Galle workshop Menaka Priyadharshana and Vinishya Jayamali were the resource persons at this camp. The organizers were very impressed and satisfied with how the camp was conducted.

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Sunera Recognized

We were proud to receive an award from the Ministry of Social Services, Sri Lanka, for our work. The Ministry assessed the services rendered in 2015 to the less privileged in society by charitable organizations who receive nothing in return, and selected Sunera Foundation as one of the worthy winners for the award. The award was received by our Executive Director, Chandrika Subasinghe at the ‘Susevabhimani Awards Ceremony 2016′, held on the 10th of November 2016.

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‘Beyond Borders’ takes the stage again at the Wings Festival 2016

WINGS 2016, a festival of arts which highlights the role of arts in reconciliation was organized by FLICT (Facilitating Initiatives for Social Cohesion & Transformation), ONUR (Office for National Unity and Reconciliation), National Arts Council Sri Lanka and the European Union and was held during the months of October and November 2016. The festival travelled through Killinochchi, Ampara and Colombo.

Sunera Foundation was invited to perform our drama ‘Beyond Borders’ which is based on the theme of reconciliation and integrated two communities through our workshops in Anuradhapura and Jaffna. The event was held on the 10th of November 2016 at the University of Visual & Performing Arts. We also performed a dance item at the festival on 13th November 2016 at the BMICH.

WINGS also has a series of discussion based workshops, in which our senior trainers Sandun Dissanayake was a panelist at the session on Healing through Arts and Drama.

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