Mission


The Otara Foundation is committed to responsible, sustainable progress in Sri Lanka. We work toward the common goal of co-existence through empowerment, activism and strategic investment. The Foundation believes in fostering harmony with the natural world, protecting the environment and respecting life and liberty in all its diversity. We believe in Compassion as a guiding principle, and we defend the rights of the voiceless while adhering to our own example of mindfulness in progress.

Latest Posts

  • Janahanda Talk Show

    Otara was recently featured on TNL’s “Janahanda” talk show along with Jayantha Wijesinghe of Rainforest Protectors, Hemantha Withanage of Centre for Environmental Justice and Ven. Ananada Sagara Thero. The discussion centered on the need for environmental protection and improved animal welfare in Sri Lanka. Click here to see more https://bit.ly/3o3M5Jz

  • Animal Welfare Bill

    Otara recently met with Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and Hon. Ali Sabry (PC) Minister of Justice Sri Lanka regarding the process of finalizing, approving and gazetting the Animal Welfare Bill. The Bill was an initiative started by a group of animal welfare advocates and organizations

  • Thurstan College Interact Club

    Students from Thurstan College Interact Club recently participated in another “Who We Are” Program that was conducted by the Otara Foundation. The initiative is being carried out with the vision to educate, inspire, foster and empower young citizens to be agents of change within their communities. The program educated the

  • Who We Are Volunteer Training Program

    Who We Are, an initiative under the Otara Foundation held a series of training programs for young volunteers. The platform was created with the purpose of inspiring youth to take on a more active role in their respective communities; by rescuing, treating and fostering animals in need, speaking against animal

  • Otara Gunewardene featured on the Tenderly Digital Magazine

    Otara Gunewardene was recently featured in an article authored by Amy Jones, on her life of compassion and her journey towards animal welfare and activism . The article takes readers through her life story, from her humble beginnings of selling clothes in the boot of her car to creating a

  • Otara Gunewardene featured on the Sunday Morning Newspaper

    In commemoration of Earth Day, Otara Gunewardene recently took to Instagram for a live chat with Kapila Rasnayake, the founder and Director of Voices for Humans Foundation. They discussed the importance of protecting the Earth, nature and our beautiful Sri Lanka. They touched on topics regarding the lack of connection

  • Otara Gunewardene invited on Face the Nation on TV 1, News First

    Otara Gunewardene was invited on Face the Nation, TV 1, a News First program, for a panel discussion regarding  animal welfare in Sri Lanka. The panel included other animal welfare advocates, Shilpa Samaratunga, Amila Wijeratne and Manoja Weerakkody. The program discussed the need to pass the animal welfare bill in Sri

  • Volunteer Awards Ceremony

    The second annual Embark/Otara Foundation Volunteer Awards was held at the Lighthouse Auditorium and Lawns on the 16th of December 2019. The Volunteer Awards Ceremony celebrated the achievements of the Embark and Otara Foundation Volunteers who have played a pivotal role in the success of many activities, dedicating their time

  • Otara Foundation co-sponsors the Tree Boot Campaign

    The Otara Foundation co-sponsored the Tree Boot Fundraiser Campaign organized by the students of SLIIT Business Faculty in partnership with Reforest SL in September . The objective of the campaign focused on raising awareness among Sri Lankan citizens about the consequences of deforestation and the importance of reforestation. The project

  • Carol Buckley Visits Sri Lanka

    Carol Buckley,  founder of Elephant Aid International and co-founder of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, visited Sri Lanka on invitation by the Otara Foundation and the Sri Lanka finance ministry to assist in making the captive elephants of Sri Lanka live chain free.  She visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and