The Foundation

Vision

A society that fully recognizes and accepts the contribution of persons living with disability.


Mission

Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of persons living with disability, the Sunera Foundation facilitates their fullest integration into society.


Philosophy

Our work is based on the belief that everyone deserves equal respect. We don’t believe in discrimination. We celebrate difference. Through our work, we demonstrate how much those who are marginalized and stigmatized can actually contribute to society.


History

Sunethra Bandaranaike is the founder of the Sunethra Bandaranaike Trust which supports the performing arts in Sri Lanka. Wolfgang Stange is the founder of the AMICI Dance Theatre Company in London. The two organisations collaborated with each other in setting up a performing arts workshop for a group of people with disability in Sri Lanka.

In 1998, a full length dance drama was created by Stange, with the assistance of Rohana Deva, titled “Butterflies Will Always Fly”. This production was first showcased in Sri Lanka and subsequently in London, New Delhi and Brisbane. As a result of the successful collaboration between the two organisations, Sunera Foundation was formed and registered as a charity in Sri Lanka in April 2000.

Over the next few years, Sunera Foundation, together with Wolf Stange and Rohana Deva, conducted performing arts workshops and produced 4 theatrical performances. This collaboration ended in 2007. However, Sunera Foundation has continued its activities, expanding its outreach, developing its programmes and catering to and ever increasing demand for its expertise.