"Mithuru Mithuro" which means "Compassionate Friends" was initiated in 1984 and was registered under government ordnance as an NGO in 1993 to provide assistance and support to the rural communities and its youth in particular. The actual reforming and rehabilitation of youth began back in 1987 with the youth offenders being directed by the judiciary to Ven. K. Bodhananda of Mithuru Mithuro & is the first ever of its nature in Sri Lanka.Prevention programmes became an integral part of the ongoing treatment programme.
The Mithuru Mithuro Movement, which began with one center at it's inception in 1994 has expanded its activities up-to 10 centers in three districts in the island. Rev. Bodhi has separate programmes for residents in different stages of rehabilitation. The 10 centers together have a total of over 800 residents in various stages of rehabilitation.
“Nalanda Keerthi Shri” Award Presentation
Rev.Bodhananda has been awarded the “Nalanda Keerthi Shri” award from Nalanda College where he was educated. It was presented by Hon. President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa on the 26th of Oct. at Nalanda Collage main hall. This award is so prestigious because it has presented only for six role modules in Sri Lanka for the grate contribution they have given to the country so far and the sixth was Rev.Bodhananda. When it comes to Rev.Bodhananda mostly it was a felicitation for been the most successful resource person in Sri Lanka for rehabilitation. The People so far presented are as followed,
- Mr. Henry Jayasena
(Veteran artist in the cinema)
- Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha
(Hon. President of Sri Lanka)
- Mr. Nilanga Dela Bandara
(Hon.Diyawadana Nilame the chief person of Tooth Relic Temple Kandy)
- Dr. Sarath Gunapala
(One of the Directors at NASA, USA)
- Dr.Chandana Jayarathna
(Principle, Research Scientist - Space Science at Arthur C. Clarke Institute & Senior Physics Lecture)
- Rev.Kuppiyawatte Bodhananda (Founder - Mithuru Mithuro Movement)