Four children saying "Ayubowan" in front of a wall painted with "Welcome" in blue and "Ayubowan" in red and Sinhala.Rohana Special School was founded in 1963 by Venerable Naradde Vedananda Thero, a Buddhist monk who had a vision of providing society’s outcasts with formal education to the same standards as other government-supported schools in the Southern Province.

Today, the school has more than 120 pupils, ages 6-20, who are enrolled in Grades 1 through 11 and O/L. More than 70 of them live in newly refurbished hostel buildings. The school is located in Matara on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. See below for a YouTube video introducing the school.