Yathras (Journeys)

We run youth Leadership training (Green Leaders) campaigns under Climate Change and Sustainability. These are called Yathras (Journeys) We have been running this campaign for last 10 years.

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What is YATHRA?

Yathra is a unique youth leadership training program we run over 10-12 days of travel on bikes from one place to another with many activities like early morning meditations, birdwatching, or yoga. Then cycle for about 20km per day conducting public awareness on the way on climate change adaptation and mitigation and stay the night at a place where we run self-learning sessions. We train youth on topics such as sustainable living by saving energy, with zero waste and conscious consumerism with minimalistic lifestyle, home gardening and also, we train them with leadership skills. Once the 12 days is over, they have to go back to their villages and run some programs over two years using what they have learnt.

Completed Yathras

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Kelani Nadee Yathra 2011

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Paapedi 2013

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Kolamba Yathra 2015

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Yarl Yathra 2016

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Senkadagala Yathra 2016

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Ruhunu Yathra 2016

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Vanni Yathra 2018

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Kelani Nadee Yathra 2011

A river journey for climate justice

This is the first Yathra we organized with the support for Journeys for Climate Justice, Australia. It was a 12 day long journey with 35 youth trained as Green Youth leaders. Media reported this journey as the “longest ever youth training program based on a river“. 

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Watch Kelani Nadee Yathra 2011 Video

Clicks from the journey

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Paapedi 2013

A bicycle journey for climate justice

25 youth participated by cycling for 10 days covering 234km from Anuradhapura to Colombo. It was the first ever climate change awareness programme conducted while cycling. 

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Watch Paapedi 2013 Video

Clicks from the journey

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Kolamba Yathra 2015

Inter-faith journey for sustainability

Participation was more than 200 youth from different youth groups, societies, communities’ universities and schools representing Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religions.  It was a one day journey by foot visiting all four main religious institutions in Colombo to learn more about how religion and climate change interconnects. 

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Watch Kolamba Yathra 2015 Video

Clicks from the journey

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Yarl Yathra 2016

First of Youth yathras 2016 in Jaffna

This is the Yathra organized for North–South youth in Sri Lanka and first ever Yahra for reconciliation and Climate change adaptation. Funded by US Embassy in Sri Lanka.

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Watch Yarl Yathra 2016 Video

Clicks from the journey

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Senkadagala Yathra 2016

Second of Youth Yathra 2016 in Kandy

Senkadagala Yathra was organized in Kandy District in Sri Lanka. 25 trained youth through ECO-V sessions organized two-day long public awareness in the middle of the Kandy city, on different topics related to Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.

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Clicks from the journey

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Ruhunu Yathra 2016

Third of Youth Yathra in Matara

It was a journey on boats with the support of Sri Lanka Navy to understand the plastic pollution happening in the ocean. 

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Clicks from the journey

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Vanni Yathra 2018

A journey of Reconciliation through Sustainability

The past Yathrees, Chapa Erandi Amarasinghe and Isaiyalan Newton organised this Yathra. 

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Watch Vanni Yathra 2018 Video

Clicks from the journey

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Media Articles

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