Chameera has graduated from the prestigious University of Colombo.
This week a young care leaver living in one of our transition homes graduated with an upper second class degree in Sociology from the prestigious University of Colombo. That would be a reason to celebrate for anyone but in Chameera’s case the achievement is even more special. Chameera came to us two years ago having been referred by the University. Born without any legs Chameera is a full time wheelchair user. He spent his whole childhood in an orphanage. As the pandemic struck Sri Lanka he found himself living in an old people’s home as nowhere else would have him. He was confined to a dormitory for many hours a day and he did not have the internet access he required for remote learning. This was a wholly unsuitable environment for a young student and Chameera was on the point of abandoning his studies.
We had to make some adaptations to Chameera’s transition home to make it suitable for a wheelchair user but as soon as the work was done he moved in and hasn’t looked back. He picked up his remote studies and when the local restrictions were lifted was able to return to studying in person. Whilst studying at university Chameera has been a valued member of the Brighter Path programme, participating in our mentoring programmes and contributing fully to the everyday life of the transition home with his housemates.
Chameera has overcome so much to achieve his academic dream and is looking forward to a successful graduate career. Brighter Path is proud to have been able to support him on this journey.