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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 Need for a Holistic Approach to Water, by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne

March 22 is World Water Day. This lecture, given in November 2006, is take from Volume 8 of the Collected Works of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and remains timely for today. Featured image from worldwaterday.org. Just over one year ago at the invitation of the Institution Of Engineers in Sri Lanka I delivered the Sanmugam Arumugam …

Celebrating Ari’s 89th Birthday

November 2020: Supporters and friends from around the world joined a Zoom call celebrating Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne’s 89th birthday and launching the Steve and Judy West Women’s Enterprise Development Fund.

Digital Library of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne’s Collected Works now available!

Thanks to voluntary efforts in Sri Lanka and the US, all 10 volumes of the Collected Works of our founder, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne have been scanned and posted at this link. Please share this with everyone, everywhere interested in people-centered strategies for community development!

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 …