Sarvodaya has handed over newly built Emergency Treatment Unit and Surgical Theater to Padaviya District Hospital.
Padaviya District Hospital is one of the transit hospitals for the IDPs who were evacuated through sea route from Pulmodai. With the sudden increase of the patient load in recent times, the Padaviya government hospital could not cope with the available facilities. Therefore the Ministry of Health and Nutrition made an urgent appeal to Sarvodaya to construct an Emergency Treatment Unit and an additional surgical theater. Realizing the immediate need, Sarvodaya agreed to fulfill this need and the Sarvodaya Rural Technical Services (SRTS) quickly mobilized its technical staff to do the construction designs and to build the facilities. In the mean time, the urgent appeal of funding assistance made to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) for this project received a positive response. The SRTS was able to complete the construction within a short time span of 4 weeks and the facility was handed over to the hospital by Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, the Founder President of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement on 25th May, 2009.
Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning has been launched at Sarvodaya Development Education Institute at Bandaragama with the opening of new AJJDC Auditorium on the 29th of April, 2009 in the presence of a large gathering. The auditorium has been ceremonially opened by Professor Gamini Samaranayake, the Chairman of University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, who was the Chief Guest of the occasion, Dr. Amos Avgar, the Executive Director of International Development Programme of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) and Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, the Founder President of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement.
The Auditorium, representing a unique architectural design, has been constructed with the generous support of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to improve development education opportunities of the Sri Lankan rural communities. This institute will serve as the Pioneer Center of Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning to AJJDC- Sarvodaya Community Disaster Management Center at Moratuwa, 4 Multi-Purpose Community Centers and other 6 Sarvodaya Development Education Institutes around the country including the institutes in Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
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.
Sarvodaya has always stood for non-violence and peace. Through out its 5 decades of existence it has worked hard for bringing individual and community awakening through an integrated approach to development and peace.On 8th July 2006, Sarvodaya once again reflected the commitment of the ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka towards peace. Led by Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne, Founder – Leader of Sarvodaya, 8000 people belonging to all ethnic communities held a peace meditation in Ampara, the troubled Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
On 29th March, President Mahinda Rajapakse ceremonially declared open the Distance e-Learning (DeL) centers that were set up at the Sarvodaya District Centers in Mahanuwara and Hambantota. The centers were opened at the auspicious time of 4.30 in the afternoon by the president who connected online with the centers from his official residence, Temple Trees, in Colombo. The Governor of the Central Province also participated in the ceremony.
Thirty houses in Galle district were ceremonially handed over to Tsunami-affected families in the villages of Akurala and Kahawa. Funded by Marks and Spencer with the support of Care International, these houses were built by the community led by the Sarvodaya Shramadana Society as part of the movement’s post-Tsunami reconstruction work.
In the midst of traditional drumming and music, President Mahinda Rajapakse declared open the Lagoswatta village that Sarvodaya constructed for fifty-five Tsunami-affected families from three villages in Kalutara. Designed and implemented as a model of participatory development towards environmental sustainability, the village is an innovative concept in Sri Lanka. It was financed by Sarvodaya as well as the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED.)
Tuesday 24th January 2006 was a day which marked a turning point in the lives of the many families in Balapitiya who were so devastated by the Tsunami wave when it struck their small fishing village on 26th December 2004. In the presence of the President and other dignitaries from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Dr A.T. Ariyaratne, Dr Vinya Ariyaratne and 150 villagers, the groundbreaking ceremony for the village’s new Community Arts and Cultural Centre took place.
The ceremony in Wenamulla was attended by hundreds of Tsunami-affected women from the area. They lit the lanterns that they had made themselves, closed their eyes, and spent a few moments in silence as they remember the loved ones they had lost a year ago.
Dharmapala Park is a Gift to the Children of Galle from the American People, thanks to a Special Partnership between Sarvodaya, US AID, Galle Municipal Council, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Bush Clinton Foundation
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Special Envoy Ms.Tokiko Kato visited the Sarvodaya Headquarters on 5th September 2005 to study the Sarvodaya Tsunami recovery programme, particularly the ecology and environment related activities.
One of Sarvodaya’s prime youth programs has been the Shanthi Sena volunteer plan, which aims to build peace in Sri Lanka through youth volunteer efforts. A recently-concluded project of this group has been the peace endeavors that were launched with financial backing of AusAid
One of the first companies that came forward to support Sarvodaya in this housing scheme was Holcim soon after the Tsunami. On 12th July 2005, 154 houses were handed over to the respective beneficiaries. Seventy-seven of these houses are in the villages of Balapitya, Brahmanawatt
Vaddawan was chosen as the first site of installation upon Sarvodaya’s suggestion. It is far off the grid and will not receive electricity for years to come. Sarvodaya also plans to ultimately build permanent houses in Vaddawan.
Sarvodaya Meditation Programme at Colombo Prison's was held on 4th of June 2005. Dr.A.T. Ariyaratne conducted the meditation for the in mates with the participation of Mr.Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime-Minister of Sri Lanka.
Helvetas, a Swiss organization which has been a development partner of Sarvodaya for 27 years, celebrated its 50th Anniversary recently. Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, the Executive Director was invited by Helvetas to speak at the Jubilee Celebration held in Zurich, Switzerland on 18 June.
Sarvodaya leader Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne, Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director and Mr.Subesena de Silva attended the 88th Birthday Celebration of Rev.Takeyasu Miyamoto, Leader of Myochikai, President of Arigatou Foundation and Founder of Global Network of Religions for Children (GNR
Sarvodaya Leader Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne, on a visit to Japan addressed a Seminar on the theme “Learning to Change” organized by the Faculty of Policy Studies of the Chuo University. Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne’s lecture was followed by a panel discussion joined by Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive
Vaddavan is a small Tamil village on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The temporary village was established swiftly by Sarvodaya together with IOM, Oxfam and the UNHCR. Shown in the picture is laying of foundation stone for the Housing Project by Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne
April 18, 2005, Vienna. Appr. 200 people followed the presentation on conflict sensitive reconstruction, which was moderated by the publisher of Kurier, Mr. Peter Rabl. Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne introduced the Sarvodaya's approach to the project.
Sarvodaya maintains a District Centre and Telecenter in the hilly country of Nuwara Eliya. The Telecenter is part of the Technological Arm of Sarvodaya's empowerment program. It provides computers, fax, phone-lines, training etc. This trip also included community discussions.a
In partnership with Holcim (cement) and the FFSL (Football Federation) Sarvodaya is rebuilding 35 houses in Dikwella. These are photos from an auspicious day when Dr. Ariyaratne and representatives of Holcim visited the sites and familes to commence the construction.
The United Sri Lanka Association of New Zealand has been steadfast in raising funds and now disbursing them - rebuilding the village of Wenamulla in Galle District. The photos here document a visit by Channa Ranasinghe to evaluate the village and distribute backpacks.
Kalmunai is on the East Coast of Sri Lanka and was the first place hit by the Tsunami. These photos are from the visit Capt. Jeevan Ariyaratne, Humeira, Shehari, and Fiona made to the region, 1 month later.
Sarvodaya Headquarters are in Moratuwa, which was about where the Tsunami stopped. Hundreds of people are now in temporary camps like these. Indrani de Silva escorted us to some camps where she was delivering school uniforms to the children.
Captain Jeevan and Humaira visited Beruwala where a local mosque has become a relief center for the displaced people in the region. In a sign of the unity that has come from this crisis, a Buddhist monk was also there and they coordinated relief together with Sarvodaya.
2000 children in the worst impacted villages of the Galle district have receive school kits under the sponsorship of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc (JDC). The kits consist of a school bag, uniform material, shoes, socks, exercise books, stationary and a per
Sarvodaya - a non-demoninational group - supports the Parish Priest of Mount Carmel Church in caring for the displaced persons in Gampaha. In the photos here that meant collecting and distributingaaaaa books and uniforms from the generous staff of John Stuart Benning Mfg Ltd.
Matara is in the south of Sri Lanka, near Galle. This gallery documents a visit to the Sarvodaya District headquarters and 3 villages where Sarvodaya has had a long-term presences. On this day Sarvodaya provided household kits comprising pots, pans, brooms, etc and met villagers
These photos were taken by Anita Kumudini Roellin. When she was two months old she was given for adoption to Sarvodaya Suwasetha. She found loving and caring foster parents from Switzerland few months after. She has now come full circle to volunteer at Suwasetha.
In this school deaf children are given training so that they can take care of themselves. The school is a unit of Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society Ltd. These photos are from a special show and sporting event. These photos are taken by the volunteer Sanne Dietz
A medical camp was organized in Galbokka Village in Kosgoda. It was jointly organized by Surya Foundation and Sarvodaya. Volunteer Doctors from the foundation as well as the Apollo Hospitals Colombo participated. It was held in a directly affected village.
Sarvodaya President Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne visited the North of Sri Lanka, including Mullativu and as far as San Pedro Point in Jaffna. Sarvodaya is consulting with the government, the LTTE and voluntary organizations to provide relief in these areas.
The ceremonial opening of the new Community Centre of Talwila “Pibidena” Sarvodaya Society in the Puttalam District was held on 28th January 2005. The building comprises of the Community Development Finance Centre, a large Auditorium, Computer Centre and a Library.