DAT brings together two lesser affirmed groups in Mannar – children with special needs and donkeys.

Bonding with donkeys through riding, grooming and befriending them encourages affective engagement and stimulates the child's development – improving balance, core stability, fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, body posture and speech, thus boosting their self-esteem and confidence. As a result, the children’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be dramatically increased. Building plans have been approved and construction of the centre will commence shortly.