The Family Rehabilitation Centre
The Family Rehabilitation Centre (FRC) is a non- governmental, humanitarian, non-profit, non-sectarian organisation founded in May 1991 and incorporated in August 1992, engaged in humanitarian work. FRC is duly incorporated under section 21 of the Companies Act No 17 of 1982 as a guarantee Company, and re-registered under the Companies Act No 07 of 2007. FRC is also duly registered under the Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of Defense (NGO Secretariat) of Sri Lanka in terms of applicable laws and regulations of Sri Lanka. FRC entered into an MoU with the Ministry of Health in complement of extreme necessities and to fulfill the gaps in the areas of providing psychosocial interventions in identified geographical locations. FRC also received the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for Northern Development approval to provide psychosocial support to the trauma affected in the Northern Province including Kilinochchi. Download the FRC’s brochure.
Since its inception FRC has been committed to constantly assessing and improving the quality of services providing physical and psychological relief and rehabilitation to the victims of trauma, while increasing its coverage. A definite pattern of development has evolved in FRC in the field of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and what is now widely referred to as Psychosocial Wellbeing. Not only limited to this area of service, FRC is also able to address people’s other needs such as further medical treatment, livelihood support and basic needs through the referral system. The FRC Vision and Mission statement are as follows:
FRC’s VISION: To be respected as one of the leading organizations for the rehabilitation of trauma survivors and for the prevention of trauma in Sri Lanka
FRC’s MISSION: To provide holistic treatment and care to those who have been affected by trauma, whilst lobbying and advocating to prevent trauma in Sri Lanka
- Identification and provision of psychological treatment for survivors of trauma and the families of victims and survivors of trauma
- Identification and provision of medical treatment and physiotherapy for survivors of trauma
- Identification and provision of psychosocial support for survivors of trauma and the families of victims and survivors of trauma
- Advocacy (Support, encourage, promote) for the treatment of survivors of trauma and the families of victims and survivors of trauma
- Lobbying/ Persuade political representatives or influential persons such as the judiciary, the Bar Association, the police, the prison services, the state security forces and political parties in Sri Lanka to reduce incidences of trauma in Sri Lanka
- Advocacy on behalf of individuals and communities denied human rights with emphasis on Articles 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the UN Declaration on HR and or affected by trauma
FRC TARGET GROUPS: “Sri Lankans who have been subjected to trauma and the families of victims (individuals who have dies as a result of trauma) and survivors of trauma”
FRC offer its services and provide support to:
- All Sri Lankans irrespective of their ethnicity or religion; their sex or gender; their age or social status or their political affiliations.
- All Sri Lankans who have been subjected to physical and or psychological injury caused by violence and or acute stress in Sri Lanka or overseas.
- Dependents and close relatives of Sri Lankans who have died or are still suffering as a result of physical and or psychological injury caused by violence and or acute stress in Sri Lanka or overseas.
In-house and international training relevant to their profession are provided regularly to the counselors. As said earlier conducting training programs for the Medical Doctors and the Para-medical personnel serving in the National Health Sector (NHS) has been an important focus of FRC in an effort to increase the capacity of NHS in the management and treatment of trauma. Establishing networks with governmental and non-governmental agencies as a catchments area strategy to refer the clients for further medical treatment, legal and socio economic assistance, to facilitate and encourage the children of the affected families through educational sponsorship and to provide vocational training and limited financial assistance to ex-detainees, widows of war and disabled persons (Bomb blast victims) for income generation activities. FRC also conducts awareness programs for the armed force personnel, police and prison officials on the adverse impacts of trauma of the victims as well as other consequences.
Since inception, FRC has rehabilitated more than 20,000 survivors and their family members through psychological care and assistance. During the phase of the project implementation funded by DANIDA and UNVFVT, FRC has treated more than 6,000 Trauma victims and their families through more than 3,500 medical, physiotherapy and psychological consultation sessions.
Then the FRC coupled with the Asia Foundation and Shanthiham and implemented the Reducing the Effects and Incidences of Trauma (RESIST) programme funded by USAID. Under this programme, FRC provided holistic care to persons affected by the conflict, and suffering from psychological and physical distress as a result. RESIST provided survivors of Trauma & conflict related violence with psychosocial, medical and physiotherapy services and also attempts to provide economic/vocational support in order to encourage healing from trauma and successful reintegration into society.
Since 2008 and under RESIST FRC has provided services to approximately 5,500 survivors of Trauma & conflict related violence. These services included 17,000 medical, 10,100 counseling and 6,750 physiotherapy sessions for survivors and their immediate family members.
The long term sustainability of activities under RESIST was further strengthen with the new “Victims of Torture Treatment Programme” (VTTP) started in 2011 (funded by USAID). FRC builds on the achievements and lessons learnt from RESIST. In the future we proposes to include an expansion of services to include the provision of legal and livelihood support taking in to consideration the post conflict environment. Such an approach will be in accordance with FRC’s vision of providing holistic care for the survivors of trauma.
With the implementation of the RESIST programme funded by USAID and EU through The Asia Foundation, FRC has treated more than 2800 trauma victims and their Families in the Phase one from year 2005 to year 2008. In the Second Phase with continuation of the same programme, FRC has been involved in rehabilitation of the same target groups with an overall achievement of treatment of over 5,750 victims from year 2009 to year 2011. FRC has been making concerted efforts to educate the Doctors and the Para-medical staff in the National Health Sector on the management and treatment of the victims of trauma. During the first phase 2005-2008, FRC has educated and sustained over 50 Doctors and Para-medical staff under its capacity building of the NHS programme. During the Second phase FRC educated over 100 Doctors and Para-medical staff.
At early stages of FRC, five Medical Doctors and three Physiotherapists were sent to Denmark for advanced training in their own field. The Senior Management Staff and the earlier Legal Officers had invariably participated in international seminars and workshops.