In May 1983, at a meeting at the Central Leprosy Clinic at the General Hospital, the importance of education, treatment and rehabilitation, for effective eradication of leprosy in Sri Lanka were discussed. The collaboration between the Sri Lanka Emmaus Leprosy Control Project and the rehabilitation of leprosy patients spearheaded by SUROL resulted in the Project Director offering three motor cycles to the society for its rehabilitation work. This gesture displayed a sign of confidence by the Project Director of the Anti- Leprosy Campaign of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine
SUROL was never able to enjoy a permanent home since its inception. During its early years , SUROL operated out of the Jesuit House in Clifford Place in Colombo 4, where the first General Secretary of the organization was located. Subsequently SUROL office was moved to two other locations in Colombo 8, in the vicinity of the General Hospital. Following the unfortunate events of July 1983, the office was moved to the residence of the then President of SUROL in Colombo 5. Subsequently, the Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Church Fr Glen Fernando, who was invited to become a member of SUROL offered a small room in the parish hall where an office was established.
Although this Organization has been in existence for over 45 years, Surol received a somewhat permanent home at its present premises when Fr. Glen Fernando took over as the Hony General Secretary of Surol. Under the guidance and direction of the late Rev. Fr. Glen Fernando, a Redemptorist Priest, some exemplary and admirable work for the upliftment and rehabilitation of these patients was undertaken, so much so that he knew every patient by name and is even now being treated like a God with his photograph displayed in their homes
To consolidate, strengthen and expand its work SUROL received a brand new Jeep, and funds to lease the premises in which SUROL is located at present. It was our fervent hope that our work in some measure alleviated the sufferings of our beneficiaries and brought joy, hope, dignity and self-respect to them.