Author: Sachinta Viswhanatha

Compassion in Action

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. …

Religion, Faith and COVID-19: How faith inspired organizations handled the pandemic amongst their strategies and plans for the year

An Interview by Berkley Center of Georgetown University, Washington DC. Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs had recognized the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka as a leading international faith inspired organization standing out for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. To delve into the how’s and what’s …

E-School Studio by Sarvodaya

Sarvodaya built, launched and introduced a studio for e-learning on July 24th 2020. Named e-iskole (literally meaning e-school), this studio will be able to reach communities who are currently facing concerns to educate their children, youth, and adults. Essentially the e-school is an audio-visual recording studio with modern accessories and amenities including green-screens, audio/video recording …

Re-imagining our purpose

We at Sarvodaya believe in keeping up with the times. Since the inception of Sarvodaya Sri Lanka way back in 1958, the goal has been to cater to the community’s current needs. The birth of Sarvodaya USA was with an objective of assisting towards this goal of achieving the basic human needs as spelled out …

Sarvodaya’s Response to the COVID19 pandemic in Sri Lanka – An Action Plan

Current Status Sri Lanka has been able to contain the pandemic to a very great extent with minimum community spreading. The government’s response at a national level has helped place Sri Lanka in Stage 3 as per WHO categorization. Challenges While the government bodies are implementing curfew, lockdown and limited movement strategies with healthcare and …

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 …

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Background “Tharunodaya,” meaning ‘youth awakening’, is a youth entrepreneurship development project. Sarvodaya initiated the project in early 2019 to develop the capacities and increase the financing opportunities of unemployed youth so that they are able to engage in income generating activities.  This project aims to encourage and empower youth to become independent, self-sufficient, enjoy financial …

Developing new livelihoods for former migrant female workers returning from working overseas

Donations welcome  Sarvodaya Sri Lanka is embarking on a new project, focused on supporting livelihood development for Sri Lankan migrant women who are returning to Sri Lanka, having worked overseas, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 34% of Sri Lanka’s migrant worker population of 1.8 million people, comprises of women in low-skilled labor in the domestic …