Visit To Jaffna

Sarvodaya’s founder Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne visited Jaffna recently. These are some photos from his trip. Some of the stops included the Sarvodaya District Centre and a livelihood development centre.

Gujarat Vidyapeeth Convocation Ceremony

Dr. AT Ariyaratne was the chief guest at the Convocation ceremony held on the 18th October 2006, at the Gujarat Vidyapeeth – Ahmedabad – India, founded by Mahathma Gandhi in 1920. Dr. Ariyaratne delivered the keynote address while the Vice-Chancellor of Professor Sudarsha Iyenger presided over the function.

2006 Mahatma Gandhi Award for Reconciliation and Peace Awarded to Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne

Dr. AT Ariyaratne Founder President of the Sarvodaya Movement was honored with 2006 Mahatma Gandhi Award for Reconciliation and Peace in Durban – South Africa on the 13th of September. Mrs. Ela Gandhi – granddaughter of Mahatma, presented the award at a ceremony held at the prestigious City Hall – Durban amidst a large gathering. Deputy Mayor of the Durban city Hon. Naidu was the chief guest. This year’s award was coincided with the 100 year celebration of the Satyagraha.

Sarvodaya Leader Receives Acharya Sushil Kumar Peace Award 2006

Amid reports of suicide bombings and shelling going on in Sri Lanka, a diminutive man steps up on a podium at the George Ignatieff theatre at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is surrounded by the ambassadors and councilors for Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan; respected academics and University Presidents; all assembled in solemn procession to celebrate a lifetime of enlightened service to a country and people badly in need not only of the barest necessities of life, but a compassionate vision that strives toward unity and acceptance of one and all. In his soft yet vibrant voice he reminds us all that before attempting to change the world, we must change ourselves: “Metta” he tells us, is the practice of compassionate action towards all living beings. “Respect all life”, says Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and the tragic irony of his words is not lost on us.

Acharya Sushil Kumar International Peace Award for Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne

The University of Toronto in Canada has selected Dr A. T. Ariyaratne (Founder & President) of the Sarvodaya Movement to receive the “Acharya Sushil Kumar International Peace Award” for the year 2005.

During the year 2003, Prof. Joan Tolengy received the International Peace Award, while in the year 2004, His Holiness Dalai Lama received the International Peace Award. The third personality who has been selected to receive this Award is Dr A. T. Ariyaratne.