Colombo Friend in Need Society provides prosthetic limbs to needy
Over the last few decades, Colombo Friend in Need Society (CFINS) has been a haven for distressed amputees. It is the oldest charity in Sri Lanka and provides prosthetics, hostel facilities, food, physiotherapy, psychological support and related follow up services, completely free of charge to all amputees in need.
CFINS is filled with touching encouraging sights with new amputee practicing walking using a prosthetic limb. These prosthetic limbs are manufactured at CFINS premises itself and replacement of limbs are also provided for needy persons.
In addition to the rehabilitation services, the Society provides employment opportunities as well. One of the technicians employed in the workshop was an amputee himself.
Re-learning how to walk again with an artificial limb is no easy task and physiotherapy is vital in ensuring amputees gain the maximum benefit of being fitted with an artificial limb. Revival Physical Medicine Centre, private standalone centre pioneering in providing physiotherapy and pain management in Sri Lanka has been instrumental in providing a well-equipped physiotherapy unit to CFINS.
“Once an artificial limb is fitted, the next important step is to familiarize with it to use it effectively. The amputees at CFINS follow a thorough rehabilitation programme and Revival wants to ensure amputees live pain free lives,” said Rajni S. Jayatilake, CEO of Revival Physical Medicine Centre.
The Society is able to provide all its services free of charge, to the generosity of kind patrons and donations of various organizations. “We warmly welcome everyone to come and visit our facility to understand the different services offered here,” Supem de Silva, the President of the CFINS extended an open invitation. “Amputees who cannot afford costly prosthetic limbs vastly benefit from our services. We greatly appreciate donations for limbs or almsgiving to the centre”.