Three Sri Lankans receive Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Award


Source: The Morning Leader http://www.themorningleader.lk/20080305/news.html

Three social innovators in the fields of veterinary education, technology for youth and human rights have been selected as 2007 Ashoka Fellows.

Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere (Colombo), T. B. Nandasiri Wanninayaka from Mavilachchiya in the North-Central Province and Fr. Nandana Manatunga (Kandy) are those who have been selected as Ashoka Fellows.

They join the nine other Ashoka Fellows in the country to receive this prestigious international award since it was established here in 2003.

Ashoka is an international citizen sector organisation that invests in social entrepreneurs with system-changing solutions that address the world’s most urgent social challenges, a press release stated. Founded in 1980, Ashoka has selected and invested in more than 1800 Fellows in 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, America and Europe. Ashoka Fellows work in the six broad fields of education, environment, health, human rights, economic development and civic participation.

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