Where is Sarvodaya?

Sarvodaya is the largest and most established NGO in Sri Lanka. Its head office is in Moratuwa, near Colombo. Sarvodaya also maintains 34 district centres and is an active presence in over 3,000 villages. Sarvodaya USA is Sarvodaya’s legal presence in the United States.


What is Sarvodaya USA?

Sarvodaya USA represents Sarvodaya in the United States. Originally a small group of volunteers which is now

working hard and growing in order to keep up with a very large movement whose reputation is well established and rapidly expanding. It is a 501 ( c ) (3) tax-exempt and non-profit organisation. Until the Tsunami disaster which required more help, the organisation consisted a small board of directors, friends of Sarvodaya and volunteers spread across the country.


Who is the Head of Sarvodaya?

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne. You may read his biography here. Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne is Sarvodaya’s General Secretary and Mr. Chamindha Rajakaruna is the Executive Director. 


Where Can I See Your Financial Disclosures?

Under publications, in the Finance section of the Planning Document, which is constantly updated with new figures. There is also a Finances Category in the Blog.


What Do The Different Donation Options Mean?

Sarvodaya has 2 online payment gateways. The main option is to donate directly to Sarvodaya’s bank account at Sampath Bank. The contents and disbursement of that and all relevant accounts are covered in the Finances section. There is also an option to donate via a PayPal Gateway. This money goes to the Sarvodaya USA Bank account, from which Sarvodaya receives wire transfers.


Does Sarvodaya have a religious affiliation?

Sarvodaya is clearly rooted in Gandhian and Buddhist traditions, but actively engages people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds. Events at the village, district, and national levels often begin with non-denominational meditation and invocations from the perspectives of all religions represented.

Sarvodaya builds houses side by side for Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus. Peace Secretariat teams are led by Muslim, Christian, and Hindu Sarvodaya personnel. The Movement consciously directs its efforts to people of all religious persuasions. Its purpose is not to proselytise but to help participants see their common humanity.

Many people are rightfully concerned about the recipients of relief supplies. We want to assure you that every effort is made to serve Sri Lankans of all religions in all parts of Sri Lanka.


Where Can I Find Banking Information?


For donors from Sri Lanka

Account Name Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya (Inc.)

Account No Acct. No 1590011920

Account Currency Rupees

Bank Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd.

Branch Moratuwa

Address No.116, Galle Road, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

For Foreign remittance

Account Name Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya (Inc.)

Account No Acct. No 159000 8015

Account Currency – All currencies accepted

Bank Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd.

Branch Moratuwa

Address No.116, Galle Road, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


For tax exemption in the US, please contact Sarvodaya USA. Sarvodaya USA is a 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization which will provide a receipt for your donation. Sarvodaya USA’s tax ID number is 13-3358148. You may send a check to our Madison Office:

Sarvodaya USA

1127 University Ave.

Madison, WI 53715.


Should I send material goods to Sri Lanka?

Please DO NOT send material items unless and until we provide you with detailed instructions. Currently, monetary donations are what are most needed in Sri Lanka.

Please do not send clothing, medicine, supplies or other material items to Sarvodaya or Sarvodaya USA without official confirmation. Thank you for your good work and compassion.


Can I fundraise for Sarvodaya?

If you would like to organize a fundraiser or raise funds for Sarvodaya in some way, we would be delighted. If you get others to collaborate with you, please share what you know. If you do, please leave a comment on the website or contact ssmplan@sri.lanka.net so we can acknowledge your contribution. Please note that the admin can only link to you from the website, they cannot give you any authorization or advice. For more general questions please contact Sarvodaya directly at ssmplan@sri.lanka.net.

If you have questions about tax deduction, please contact Sarvodaya USA: sarovdayausa.financial@tds.net


Can I use the photos on the Sarvodaya website?

Yes. All photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning that you are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work, to make derivative works and to make commercial use of the work, under the following conditions: You must give the original author (Sarvodaya) credit.

There are over 1000 Sarvodaya photos available online. There are galleries on the site, and you may view the archives here:


To find what you’re looking for please use the search function, or browse the tags (which try to describe the content)


To download a photo, simply

  1. Click on its thumbnail
  2. Click the ‘Different Size’ link to the right
  3. Pick the size you want. Sometimes a high-resolution image is available.
  4. Right Click the image and ‘Save Picture As’