Following the Tsunami that devastated much of Sri Lanka and prior to the start of her studies at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, Indira founded Sahana Sri Lanka. The first community development project in favour of Tsunami displaced families has been implemented in Hiniduma, a rural village in southern Sri Lanka.
“This invaluable and enriching experience has profoundly inspired me and generated innumerable rewards along my journey. I feel privileged and honoured to interact with less fortunate communities, to improve their livelihood and to elevate standards of rural disadvantaged children.”
In 2011, a seven-acre tea plantation was acquired, profit from which was used to fund educational and livelihood projects in different regions of the country. Later on, this innovative self-sustaining solution allowed her to envisage new types of collaboration with both international and local NGOs. Indira strongly believes that local partnerships can provide win-win solutions ensuring long-term sustainability, transfer of knowledge, and greater impact on the ground.
Since 2014 Sahana Sri Lanka is supporting a project designed and managed by Terre des hommes Foundation, favoring vulnerable female headed households in two northern districts of Sri Lanka with the aim of strengthening their livelihoods while improving their resiliency.
During her visit to the country in November 2014, she met with Kushil Gunasekera, Founder of Foundation of Goodness. Together they wish to join resources to pursue the development of community projects in post-war Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka and improve livelihood and educational opportunities for underprivileged children.