Sri Lankadhara Society
We are the Sri Lankadhara Society a Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organisation. We were founded in 1922 by philanthropists, the Late Dr. and Mrs. W.A. de Silva who donated their spacious home situated on three acres of land, at Wellawatte as a shelter for less fortunate girls and women whilst providing for their education and skills training. Over time, this gesture has evolved into an exemplary initiative of care encompassing a Balika Home for girls between the ages of 5 and 18, a Senior Citizens Home for females over 60 years, Day Care Centre for both males and females, an Infants Home for boys and girls up to 5 years and a Pre-School/Day Care Centre for children.


The last year was a memorable twelve months for the Sri Lankadhara Society. The Society, which was founded in 1922 by well known philanthropists and national activists – Dr. & Mrs. W. A. de Silva, celebrated its ninety year unbroken record of service to under-privileged elders and children during the Annual General Meeting held in October 2012.


The annual general meeting was followed by a concert where the children and elders displayed their talents. The celebrations commenced with a religious ceremony and a treat to all resident children - 25 girls and boys in the Infants’ home, 65 girls from 5 to 18 years in the Balika home , 35 female elders in the Senior Citizens home and 25 male and female elders in the Day Care Centre.


We are very proud to announce that for the first time two children from our home sat for the GCE AL examination and Sureni who had been with us from infancy obtained three ‘A’s in Economics, Business Studies and Accounts while Sadha Lakmali, who joined us two years before the GCE OL, had two ‘A’s in Sinhala and Buddhist Civilization and a ‘C’ in Dancing.


All our children attend St Clare’s Girls School in close proximity to the Lankadhara Society home. Education is compulsory up to GCE OL. We record our gratitude to the Berendina Stichting Foundation of Netherlands who have supported us since 1999 to provide extra help to supplement the school curriculum in English, Mathematics, Computer skills, Vocational training – culinary skills / dressmaking as well as aesthetic pursuits of Art , Music and dancing.