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

  • Otara Foundation Supports the Establishment of Medicinal Plants in Schools

    Together with The Committee for Popularization of Science (SLAAS) the Otara Foundation contributed towards the setting up of a medicinal plant garden at the Horana Thakshila School. The objective being to popularise the usefulness of commonly available and frequently used herbal plants and to conserve the associated traditional knowledge for

  • What in a zoo? – An introduction to Dehiwala Zoo for students of the Elizabeth Moir School

    The Otara Foundation attended a general assembly held at the Elizabeth Moir School to highlight to the students of the senior school the plight of the animals in the Dehiwala Zoo and any other establishment that keeps animals in captivity. The students were invited to compare the stark differences between

  • Otara’s Visit to Norochcholai

    Otara visited Norochcholai to witness first hand the impact the coal power plant has in the area. She visited several sites surrounding the Norochcholai Power Plant and met with many individuals who have been affected by the coal fly ash which is not only considered a threat to the environment but

  • Open Waste Dumps and Garbage Consumption by Wild Elephants

    The Species Conservation Centre of Sri Lanka conducted the first phase of the project from August to December 2015. They visited 8 districts within 5 provinces, and found 12 large scale and 20 small scale waste dumping sites frequented by elephants. Whilst more research must be conducted to understand the effects

  • Where is Our Compassion?

    Creating awareness on the inhumanity and torture that so many animals go through for our entertainment. Animals are not spectacles to imprison, or meant to be used to give rides on. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are captured from the

  • New Year 2016 – A Year of Compassion

    The campaign highlighted the ability each of us have to make a difference in the lives of all living beings who have a desire to be loved and live free and the capacity we have to create a compassionate Sri Lanka that respects, values and truly protects our people, animals

  • World Wild Life Day

    Highlighting the role all citizens have in conserving our immensely diverse and valuable wildlife and encouraging a society that respects, values and protects our animals.

  • Koskulana Mini Hydro Project alongside Sinharaja Rainforest Buffer Zone

    Despite the leaders of Sri Lanka pledging to reduce deforestation during the climate summit, rainforests in Sri Lanka continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate. A new and significant threat comes in the form of mini-hydro projects currently in construction with government approval within protected reserves and environmentally sensitive

  • World Bio Diversity Day

    As an island, Sri Lanka is blessed with vast ecosystem diversity due to its geo-climatic variations. On World Bio Diversity Day Otara spread awareness and highlighted the importance of conserving and protecting all life forms, before it is too late.

  • World Wetlands Day

    Creating awareness across social media on the importance of maintaining our ecosystem and the detrimental impact it can have on in many areas affecting people, animals and valuable habitats, if we dont act now to stop the destruction and polution