The foundation was set up in 1991 as an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization. The activities are centred around the lakes of Maduganga and Madampe, which have a surface area of about 1.200 hectares and are located some 70 kilometres south of the capital city Colombo. About 45.000 people live around the two lakes, getting their main income from fishery, agriculture and handicraft. Nagenahiru employs 11 full time staff and can count on the support of 36 volunteers. Over 700 families benefit directly
from the work of the foundation, which gets financial support among others from EU funds, GTZ, OXFAM and Helvetas.
The project activities are very diversified and different, but all contribute in an outstanding way to the objective of the One World Award, namely to sustainability.
A look at the activities of Mr. Emmanuel and the foundation has to start with the mangroves, which are threatened by mankind all around the world.