Enabling the Differently Abled
The conflict which lasted for nearly three decades resulted in large numbers, over and above what could be constituted as the average, of people who lost one or more limbs. Many of these were caused by the insidious presence of land mines which precipitated a large demand for prosthetic limbs. The AIDEX (Aid to the Ex-Abled) Annual Sports Festival, now in its 17th year, has been sponsored by Dilmah from its inception to help individuals with disability realise their potential and to encourage them to live non-dependent lives with dignity. This event brings together over 350 participants from across the island, including from the poorest regions of the country. In addition to the sponsorship, Dilmah also makes special grants to select individuals so as to empower them to become more productive citizens of the community.