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    Tree Planting in Celebration of Otara’s Birthday

    In celebration of her 53rd birthday, Otara recently planted 53 trees – one for each year of her life, with the vision of a greener, more sustainable future for Sri Lanka and the hope of inspiring others to do the same for theirs. The tree planting took place along Sri

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    Trip to Mahiyanganaya

    Otara recently visited the Veddhas in Mahiyanganaya to learn about their unique lifestyle, culture and heritage. She met with the leader of the indigenous group, Uruwarige Wannila Aththo, to hear what he had to say about Sri Lanka’s current social and environmental situation. Click here to find out more of

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    Visit to Mahavillachchiya Anuradhapura

    Otara visited one of the areas in severe drought. Currently 20 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka are in drought and the lack of rain has left families in Mahawilachchiya near Anuradhapura with no income, food or water. Over 5,000 families have been affected. Click here to find out more on

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    Conversation with Rukshan Jayawardene

    Conversation with Rukshan Jayewardene on irrigation, the environment and most importantly on Sri Lanka’s diminishing water sources and what needs to be done to protect it. At this time of a severe drought where thousands of people and animals are suffering, it is important to start understanding why this is

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    Journey to Yala: A Responsible Adventure

    “Be the light for change. We all have the candle within us. It just needs your fire to light it up to make our country shine bright again for us and the world to see” – Otara said recently, as guest speaker at “Journey to Yala: A Responsible Adventure,” organized

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    We Stand with the Street Dogs of Sri Lanka

    The Alliance for the Protection of Community Dogs, which includes Embark, along with compassionate citizens stepped out on the 24 th of July at Hyde Park Corner, in support of the beautiful streets dogs of Sri Lanka, with great hope of ending the new spate of cruelty that has begun

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    Animals Deserve More Rights

    Many animal welfare organizations have come together to stand up against the announcement made by the Government of Sri Lanka calling for the removal of street dogs, which had resulted in an increase of extreme cruelty and deaths of many dogs. A Press Conference was organized by the Alliance for the Protection of Community Dogs that was

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    Employees are a company’s main asset, so shouldn’t they be treated as such?

    The Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ) attracts millions of rupees in foreign direct investments to Sri Lanka. However, as Otara Foundation recently discovered, the living conditions of the employees of the companies in this zone are unfortunately substandard, with many still living difficult lives,made worsedue to lack of access to

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    Addressing the prevailing water crisis in Gampaha district

    Gampaha is currently facing a severe water shortage. Wells have dried up and the people have to purchase water for daily use. The water shortage is directly resulting from unsustainable development projects and activities that have been going on in the area for the last few years. Over exploitation of natural resources

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    Planting a rainforest in celebration of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2017

    Otara Foundation visited the Runakanda Rainforest Conservation Center and met with its founder Udaya Chanaka, who single-handedly planted an entire 5 acres of rainforest in the buffer zone of the proposed Runakanda forest reserve. Today this is home to over 60 species of birds, of which 16 species are endemic and many more wildlife. Otara Foundation contributed to and participated in planting 100 endemic tree