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Upcoming Centenary Celebrations

Updated: May 29, 2019

Our Society celebrates it’s Centenary next year (2020), and we have a line-up of events to honour our Founder, Ms Mallika Hewavitharana, mother of the illustrious Anagarika Dharmapala.


In October 1920 a group of Colombo's leading Buddhist citizens met at the residence of Ms Mallika Hewavitharana at Aloe Avenue in Colpetty. This meeting saw the creation of the ‘Mallika Anatha Nivasa Samithiya’ later to be known as the ‘Mallika Nivasa Samithiya’.

Over the years many Executive Committees have taken the Society forward, until today it consists of three Homes offering care and shelter to destitute elders and abandoned or orphaned infants and children, and two Paying Homes for elderly ladies .

Over almost ten decades much has been achieved. Now to coincide with the Centenary the Executive Committee is planning to put up a two-storey building which will enable us to expand and improve the services we already provide.

Plans have been drawn up by our architect, who has kindly volunteered her services on behalf of the Society. The cost will be in the region of Rs 60 million.


We cordially invite all philanthropists to contribute towards this worthy project. We will give our donors the opportunity to perpetuate their donation by engraving their name on a plaque in the new building (this would apply to all donations over Rs 250,000/-).


Kindly forward all donations to our Building Fund account:


Mallika Nivasa Samithiya (Society) Ltd.

Sampath Bank PLC

Thimbirigasyaya Branch

Bank Account No: 003460001535

Swift Code: BSAMLKLX

Our Founder Committee - 1920

Above is a photo of the original committee that made this Society a reality. The names of all the Founder Committee members can be found in the downloadable presentation that is available on the 'Our History' page.