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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 …

Update on COVID-19 related work in Sri Lanka

Sarvodaya has not only been providing facilities and assistance to those at risk from the virus but more importantly, have been working towards relief programs for those without access to basic provisions and food due to the country going on curfew and lockdown, hampering their livelihoods and ability to source provisions. Read the full story …

Sarvodaya’s response to the Easter attacks

On April 21st 2019, the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka shook as several targeted bombs were placed in key Churches of the country to disrupt the country’s observance of the sacred holiday that is the resurrection of Christ. Sarvodaya, while in mourning themselves, mobilized their teams to attend to those most in need of …