ECSAT was established by Catherine Liyanage (now McLeod) on 1st April 2005. Originally from the UK, she had worked in institutional settings in Sri Lanka and felt strongly that families should have more options to help them keep their disabled children in their communities.
In the aftermath of the tsunami, ECSAT began to grow, helping disabled and non-disabled people recover together. From the very beginning the charity has focused on inclusion, and making sure disabled people are accepted in their communities.
To date, ECSAT has supported thousands of people in the south of Sri Lanka, and in order to promote and support this work Friends of ECSAT UK was set up and registered with the Charity Commission in 2009.
ECSAT celebrated its 15th Anniversary in 2019 by holding a Sil campaign.
We believe in inclusion
A society in which marginalised people are supported in their own communities in the spirit of equality.’
To provide holistic support and capacity building services in the community to marginalised people and their families, enabling them to access their rights alongside their peers.’
ECSAT has three Community Centres in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka at Galle (headquarters), Matara and Hikkaduwa. All areas were badly affected by the 2004 tsunami. ECSAT covers 15 Divisional Secretariats.