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    Tree Planting at University of Colombo, Law Faculty

    Otara was Chief Guest at a recent tree planting event organized by the University of Colombo’s 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    The launch of the “Chitra Lane Way”

    Delysia Gunewardence, Otara’s 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

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    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

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    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/

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    Let’s Not Limit Independence to a Day

    Otara Foundation commemorated Sri Lanka’s 70 th year of Independence with the concept “Let’s Not Limit Independence to a Day”. This explored the idea that freedom should not just be celebrated only on February 4, but through the year and it should be share by all lives. As a truly

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    Tree Planting with Aurora, Sri Lanka

    Otara recently attended a tree planting program along the Kadawatha/Nittambuwa Highway organized by Aurora Sri Lanka together with the Wildlife Department, Road Development Authority and many caring citizens. All saplings planted are endemic to Sri Lanka, while most are fruit-bearing trees that will provide; food for birds and animals, and

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    Keep Sri Lanka Beautiful

    As one of the Ambassadors for the National Program for 7 Days of Rest in Sri Lanka, Otara recently participated in a garbage cleanup program aimed at; encouraging people to dispose their waste in a more responsible manner, teaching them to maintain cleaner living areas and to find ways to