Mr. Galgamuwa and the family visited and consulted a few Down syndrome associations in USA. They visited the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis and met the Executive Director Jeremy Ballinger. There he explained A to Z of his Association. Miss Jinendhi was cordially received by him and encouraged to start a center in Sri Lanka.
The Family Outreach Manger of Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, Denver, Colorado, USA also explained their functions or the services. We are really grateful to both of them on behalf of Jinendhi. Our Daughter Jinendhi is a very fortunate girl to be the youngest daughter in a family of three sons. The youngest is Pabodha, reading for his PhD, in Kansas State University. The second brother Ramindhu, is a medical Doctor, reading for his PhD and also practising as a general practitioner in Canberra ,Australia . The eldest, Amodha is also a Science graduate. He read for his Master’s degree in Netherlands, and now living in Sri Lanka, serving the Navy as an officer and also one of the Board directors of the National youth Services council. More than that, she is so fortunate to have an educated mother , A science graduate teacher who is very much responsible in the well natured upbringing of our daughter. She is well trained to carry on with her day to day normal life . She has a pleasing nature and corresponds very well with the family possessing a mild and loving character. Jinendhi went to a special school and also to a normal school. She knows how to behave in any standard society, and has already travelled to a few countries such as, India , Malaysia, Singapore , Nepal ,United States of America and Myanmar Now she is an asset to the family and also she is fortunate to have three educated sisters in law who are very caring too.Mr. Galgamuwa has requested all three sons to contribute or Donate an adequate sum of money to start the Centre.
Sri Lanka still being a developing country the Children of Down Syndrome do not get adequate services as in developed countries like USA , Australia and Europe etc.. Those who are born to affluent families are fortunate. Many children are born to underprivileged families ,with difficulties in bringing up and educating even their normal children.
The Jinendhi resource Centre is meant to serve the children with Special needs or differently able children in Sri Lanka. Majority of Parents in Sri Lanka are not well conversant of Down Syndrome and other hereditary conditions of the children.
As for Mr. Galgamuwas’ vision, Jinendhi should act as an Ambassador of the center to motivate the local and international communities to be a part of this service Centre. We are trying to collect funds, to serve this segment of children through GEYEF. We cannot do this service alone. We need the participation of well-wishers and kind hearted people in any form to do a better service to many children and families. Further we need the support of all the Down syndrome associations, to support us in any form to make our effort a reality.