Sarvodaya’s Response to the COVID19 pandemic in Sri Lanka – A report
On January 20th of this year, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and subsequently, on March 11th, recognized it as a pandemic. The Sri Lankan government imposed nationwide curfew on March 16th to combat the outbreak of the pandemic within the country.
The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka (Sarvodaya) lost no time to take the initiative to respond to this pandemic situation by way of spreading awareness, training and education about the pandemic and ways to mitigate infection, as well as by way of providing communities cut off from access to essential consumables such as food and hygiene products with care packages.
Sarvodaya also initiated home gardening projects as an initiative towards growing your own vegetables due to curfew preventing people from going out and buying their requirements. This also proved therapeutic for those working from home with time spent outdoors with their family members, indulging on DIY projects together.
Sarvodaya, along with religious and social leaders of the country, conducted webinars, dissipation of video messages, banners and posters to address and educate the truth with mindsets giving rise to situations due to misconstruction of ideas regarding the pandemic.
Sarvodaya USA (SUSA) has contributed $30,000 so far, towards this work by Sarvodaya, accounting for 15% of the total funds used up to date. These funds and new donations will continue to expand on these programs, which you can read more about, in this detailed report attached.