A society that fully recognizes and accepts the contribution of persons living
Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of persons living with disability,
Sunera Foundation facilitates their
fullest integration into society.
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.
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.