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Horizon Lanka LogoWe are a not for profit organization that reinvests any earnings in to the development of Mahawilachchiya, and, in the future, other villages of Sri Lanka. The organization is comprised of a team of Founder Members, and a Board of Directors is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting to run the operations of Horizon Lanka. The majority of the Founder Members are youth and parents of the children in Mahawilachchiya, while there are some professionals who are included due to the necessity of their experience to run the organization effectively.

Founder of Horizon Lanka – Nanda Wanninayaka
Nanda Wanninayaka
Nanda Wanninayaka

Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, a young English teacher from Mahawilachchiya, initiated the Horizon Lanka concept in 1997. It began as a handwritten journal at Saliyamala Public School in Mahawilachchiya with a set of students.

Later, due to the constant resistance from the conservative staff of the public school and despite his students achieving high standards of English in local and provincial level competitions, Mr Wanninayaka resigned from his job as a government schoolteacher.

Due to the parents’ pleas to continue education for their children, he started a new “school”- a totally independent one – under a huge mango tree in his garden for these interested students. From then onward, Mr Wanninayaka was able to bring Horizon Lanka from meager beginnings to an institute of renowned excellence by fighting against all odds.

Now Mr. Wanninayaka’s expertise is sought after by both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and in the private sector locally and internationally. He has been hired by the Ministry of Education on the premise to replicate the Horizon Lanka model of educational programs in 50 schools in rural villages in all 9 provinces in Sri Lanka. He is also helping some independent village level programs voluntarily.

How to reach Nanda?

Email: nanda@horizonlanka.org
Skype: wanninayaka      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nanda.wanninayaka.official
Personal Blog: http://wanni.wordpress.com
Mobile 1: +94-(0)77-7702678
Mobile 2: +94-(0)71-8508537