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    Exploring the historical site of Kongrayan Kulama

    Otara explored an excavation site of the early man in Kongrayan Kulama, Thanthirimale, Sri Lanka. This site is said to be the historical origin of settlements in Sri Lanka.

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    Addressing climate change in Anuradhapura

    The ongoing drought in most areas in Sri Lanka has had drastic impacts on the livelihood and incomes of thousands of farming families and agriculture. Otara speaks to an expert from Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka – Jayantha Wijesinghe, on the reasons behind this unfavourable climate change and what we

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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