“Helping Communities Heal”
The Family Rehabilitation Centre (FRC) is a humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organization, registered in August 1992. It is an independent organization with its own Memorandum and Articles of Association and is incorporated under Section 21 of the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982.
FRC currently has offices established in Colombo, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Monaragala and Batticaloa Districts in Sri Lanka, implementing long-term programmes to provide holistic treatment and care for those who have been affected by trauma, prevent trauma and increase capacity of different stake holders including communities on mental health and psycho-social services.
Using this vision and broad framework, FRC is focusing its work on three specific spheres in the psychosocial field:
1. Rehabilitation for trauma survivors
2. Prevention of trauma and (re) victimization of trauma survivors
3. Capacity building for relevant stakeholders
Message from Executive Director
From its inception in 1992, the Family Rehabilitation Centre has come a long way and through its journey and experiences, the mandate has widened to include different communities and activities in the grass root level. Since 1992, FRC has established centres around Sri Lanka with the aim of strengthening communities and systems and effectively addressing and preventing trauma.
The psychosocial needs are often overlooked in the rehabilitation and resettlement process, leading to issues within the community. Across the years, the need for a more cohesive government policy on addressing the psychosocial needs of different communities has become more pronounced. Although some progress has been made, such as the appointment of dedicated doctors as MoMHs (Medical Officer of Mental Health) and Counselling Assistants, they are often overburdened with other work which constraints their capacity to carry out assessments and provide much needed support for clients with psychosocial needs. The work we do is only a drop in the ocean. There is a plethora of work that needs to be done, to understand and address the psychosocial needs of underprivileged communities, especially those adversely affected by the 3 decade long civil war.
While policy change and funding is essential to effectively address issues of this nature and change mindsets of the society in Sri Lanka, there is a wide range of personal commitments and activities, a community can engage in, to be of aid. Being kind to each other, creating a safe and understanding space and treating mental health as a priority can go a long way in sustainably developing a country.
As Executive Director, I wish to thank the Ministry of Health, our donors and partners who have offered their support, over the years; I sincerely hope that we have matched their expectations. Our staff, who manages to keep the values and principles of FRC intact and spread good work in the centres across the island is also appreciated immensely. Last but not least, my heartfelt appreciation is also extended to our clients for believing in us and our services from its inception, and giving us the opportunity to serve them.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy