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

  • Opening of the Donkey Clinic and Education Centre, Talaimanar, Mannar

    Otara was chief guest at opening ceremony of the Donkey Clinic and Education Center in Mannar. The initiative is the brainchild of Jeremy Liyanage of Bridge Lanka, whose vision is to help donkeys who are often seen suffering on the streets of Mannar. These animals are commonly treated for road

  • Tree Planting at Viharamahadevi Park

    Otara was recently part of a walk and tree planting event in collaboration with the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka. The program took place at Colombo’s iconic viharamahadevi park, a landmark known for its beautiful trees and local foliage. The tree planting took place in support of a greener,

  • Otara Foundation sponsors Runakanda Rain Forest Freshwater Fish Project

    In keeping with World Environment Day, the Otara Foundation recently sponsored a workshop on the incredible freshwater fish found in the Sinharaja Rainforest which was conducted by the Runakanda Rainforest Conservation Centre. It was a 3-day project on biodiversity, with a special focus on freshwater fish and reforestation.

  • Tree Planting at University of Colombo, Faculty of Law

    Otara was Chief Guest at a recent tree planting event organized by the University of Colombo, Faculty of Law. A website was launched, a beautiful mural done by the students was unveiled and many new tree saplings were planted. The activities were held to celebrate World Environment Day which will

  • Barbaric Avurudu Elephant Racing Under Fire

    Otara was recently featured in an article by the Sunday Observer which discussed the animal cruelty that took place during Sinhala and Tamil New Year, where captive elephants were used in an elephant race and other games like Tug of war. Speaking to the Sunday Observer Otara said, When the

  • Care for the Voiceless C4V Fundraiser

    Otara was Chief Guest at a Car Wash recently organized by Care for the Voiceless to raise funds for a Sterilization and Vaccination program in Anuradhapura. Among the celebrities who joined her in this noteworthy cause included; Actresses Dhamitha Abeyratne, Anuradha Nandasiri and Malkanthi Nandasiri. Otara’s first job was to

  • Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid visits Sri Lanka

    Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International recently visited Sri Lanka to give her input on implementing a chain-free lifestyle with positive reinforcement for the elephants of the Dehiwala Zoo and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Carol met with the teams while they explained the daily routine and processes of over 70+ captive

  • The launch of the Chitra Lane Way

    Delysia Gunewardence, Otaras mother, recently launched her book, the Chitra Lane Way which encompassed 50 years of hands-on knowledge and experience of working with special needs children in Sri Lanka It was a proud day for our family. We have lived our entire life watching our mother’s dedication to give

  • Time is right for Elephants to live chain-free

    Speaking to the Daily Mirror in an interview recently, Otara said that the time is right to set these innocent animals free. A large number of people are now aware of the suffering we have caused these animals over the years and a great change is taking place across the

  • Towards a greener Sri Lanka

    Otara participated in a tree planting program on Independence Day conducted by Aurora Sri Lanka. This initiative was carried out to replace the trees that were cut down for the highway in Balummahara, Kadawatta. This was the second phase of this program. Click here to watch more; https://www.facebook.com/otaradel/videos/10155421422142183/ https://www.facebook.com/otaradel/videos/10155416427592183/