The Sivapoomi School is the place to experience first-hand the resilience of a few incredible people that hail from the Northern Peninsula of our country.
A completely free of charge school with over 160 children with Down syndrome, autism and different abilities, parents were overwhelmed with gratitude for the high-quality education and care given to their children. Among their educational development, students are also highly encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and sports.
In 2011, Sivapoomi School made Jaffna and all of Sri Lanka proud by producing a Youth Special Olympic medal winner. Sivarajah Thushyanthan, a Sivapoomi student who participated in the Youth Special Olympics 2011, succeeded in winning a silver and bronze medal at the games.
We were able to meet him during our visit to the school and he thanked the management of Sivapoomi and Manitha Neyam Trust for the continuous support. He is currently a fulltime employee of SIvapoomi Vocational Training centre (which is another MNT supported project), and is a true inspiration and mentor for other students.
We hope to bring more success stories about our students to you in the future!