SVS has been working with preschool teachers and the Buttala area to form an SVS Preschool Teachers’ Federation. There were requests from teachers to develop a program for special needs children. Through research we found many children who have no chance to be involved in school, but just sit home isolated. SVS believes special needs children can be positive members of the community and can have a positive effect if able to participate in the school and community.
In 2011, SVS started ‘The Little Tree Special Children’s Centre’ in Buttala in the Monaragala District. This centre is for special needs children. Funding for the building came from Japan Postal Savings for International Voluntary Aid.
SVS provides space for community involvement. Teachers and parents work together to resolve challenges together and to determine the best way to help each child. This is one of the aims of this centre.