Author: Sachinta Viswhanatha

Compassion in Action

A true example of Shramadana in the age of COVID

Sarvodaya converted their largest training center in Thanamalwila Sri Lanka into an Intermediate Care Center to cater for those who cannot get health care otherwise, either due to economic reasons or due to their local government run hospital running over capacity.   Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne was happy to  announce that “after 2 and a half months …

Food Security program to address the current crisis in Sri Lanka

The beautiful country of Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis exacerbated by an ongoing political crisis. The people are facing an unprecedented lack of basic resources such as vehicle fuel and cooking gas, while inflation has lead to a scarcity of basic food provisions necessities. The local currency has depreciated immensely and the government …

Statement issued by the President of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne issued this statement earlier this week, in response to the chaos and unrest amongst the citizens of Sri Lanka, due to the violence created by biased segments of soceity during the current political and economic crisis in the country.

Sri Lankan Conglomerate ties up with Sarvodaya to assist Female Entrepreneurs

The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement has a long history of initiating programs for female entrepreneurs. Training and development of skills, education on business and financial aspects, loans, grants, and follow up on their progress are some of the areas in which Sarvodaya has extensive experience and expertise. Expolanka Holdings, a globally diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka, …

Requests for Funds to Complete the Intermediary Care Center at Sarvodaya Premises

The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka has been at the forefront of community level COVID-19 prevention and control activities since the beginning of the  epidemic in March 2020 and has assumed responsibility to assist the Government’s effort to  set up a hundred-bed Intermediary Care Centre at Thanamalwila, Monaragala District, Uva  Province. This facility will be …

Experts come together to list immediate actions to circumvent the death and severely infected rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic

After a dearth of availability, finally Sri Lanka has acquired vaccinations and programs are underway to get as much of the population vaccinated rapidly. However, the delta variant is spreading faster than the people can be protected via the vaccination, that the infected and death toll is rising rapidly on a daily basis. Lead by …

Sarvodaya’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka – Looking back over 1 year’s work

Sarvodaya had been identifying and addressing community needs in Sri Lanka for over 60 years, when the COVID-19 virus made its first appearance in Sri Lanka in March 2020. While Sri Lanka had not faced an airborne, rapidly spreading virus resulting in a physical disease like this before, Sarvodaya had had experience in handling emergency …

Assisting the Health Care sector as COVID cases rise rapidly

Sri Lanka is experiencing a rapid increase in patients infected with COVID-19. As of end of April 2021, over 1000 cases per day have been reported for the 3 consecutive days. This is the largest number of cases reported per day, since the onset of the epidemic back in early 2020. The epidemiological impact of …

The Second Wave of COVID-19 hits Sri Lanka

How the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka is Responding On October 5th 2020, after a significant period of dormancy, and therefore unfortunately complacency, COVID-19 raised its ugly head in the form of a cluster of infected factory workers in Sri Lanka. While response was speedy once detected, the virus had already spread beyond the …

Empowering vulnerable communities in disaster preparedness

Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), an initiative by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) supported by the US Agency for International Development, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) started in 1998. After 2 decades of implementation, Sri Lanka has been recognized as one of the countries to implement Phase 5 of PEER. …