Appé Lanka is a rural development project initiated by Awakening Lanka to empower 6 districts in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka beginning with Poonakary; an area that was devastated by a 30 year war against terrorism. Appé Lanka is already underway in Poonakary, in the Kilinochchi District. Poonakary has a population of over 20,000 residents in a 4392 km area It enjoys a long pristine coastline along the West of Sri Lanka as well as the entire southern end of the Jaffna lagoon.

Appé Lanka aims to provide Renewable Electricity to villages in Poonakary that currently do not have dependable energy. 28 solar homes in Poonakary have been given electricity using solar home systems and a further 1000 homes have been identified. The next village cluster identified for electricity comprises of 61 homes.

In order to provide Short Distance Travel Facilities, Appé Lanka has initiated a bicycle drive titled “Just give a child a bicycle and prevent them from dropping out of School” 300 school children in Poonakary have been given bicycles to enable them to continue their schooling. Approximately 1500 students in Poonakary and the adjoining divisions of Kandavalai, karachchi and Pachchilaipalli need bicycles to enable them to travel to school and back.

To facilitate education Appé Lanka will Teach English and Sinhala to School Children in Poonakary using specially designed AV modules. The initiative titled “English for All by Appé Lanka” (series 1) which compromises 12 modules

In order to foster Lasting Peace and Reconciliation a series titled “Peace and reconciliation through the use of Sports and Arts is in Progress. 8 programs were conducted in Colombo and Poonakary over the last 3 years “Music for Unity” “Sports for Unity” “Drama for Unity” and “Art for Unity” is already underway and workshops for Dance and Language are been designed.

Livelihood Development is a necessity to ensure that people in Poonakary have a sustainable income. A training program with a guarantee of employment is currently been conducted in IT, international language, BPO, boat building, Home Gardens and Fisheries .These projects will employ over 500 youth in Poonakary over the next decade

As there is no usable water in Poonakary people depend on bowsers to distribute water. Appé Lanka has commenced a project titled “Let them Bloom Give them Water” This project will initially give water to the 22 schools in Poonakary. 21 water purifying systems have already been installed and we hope to install 1 more by the end of September 2019.

Appé Lanka Patron – Golden Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje


We at Appé Lanka aim not only to empower Poonakary but strive to partner with all Sri Lankan to make our vision a reality.

 A vision to create physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually, empowered people
 A skilled, disciplined productive workforce.
 A place where trust, acceptance, dignity and good governance will prevail.
 An Appé Lanka we are proud to call home



Founder/CEO Appé Lanka