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Southern Province Deaf Association Sri Lanka

Commonwealth Point of Light 126. Ananda Guruge

Ananda Guruge, representing Sri Lanka, founded the Southern Province Deaf Association (SPDA) which has supported over 1,000 people, with hearing difficulties and without, to learn sign language.

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The impact of his work has enabled those with hearing impairments to communicate better with their families, creating a more integrated community in the province. More recently, Ananda has arranged vocational training with special adjustments for the students which has enabled them to gain employment in a range of industries.

Ananda said:

“I am very happy that you have mentioned my name for Commonwealth Points of Light award for 2020. This award will help to carry on my future duties.”


The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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