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.
Latest research report on Sarvodaya Telecenter program within the overall context of ICT4D initiatives in Sri Lanka, including eSriLanka program coordinated by ICTA. The report provides special emphasis to the VIC…
Telecentres are the only windows to Information Communication Technology in many parts of Sri Lanka. These are run by Telecentre operators, who have been trained to disperse this information. A workshop organized by Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya and supported by the Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) and Telecentre.org, a collaborative initiative of IDRC in Canada and Microsoft was held on the 26th and 27th September for these operators. Titled “Networking Grassroots – ICT for People” the workshop provided a platform for these operators to share their experiences, table their problems, and seek solutions as a group. The program also aimed to develop the capabilities of the operators.
It was exactly 180 days ago that the most devastating natural disaster hit the shores of our land. The Tsunami tragedy of December 26th 2004 did not discriminate against any religious, ethnic, class or caste differences. It took away the 40,000 lives and left nearly a million people homeless. Riding on the “waves of compassion” coming from all corners of the world, from people belonging to all walks of life, people with a big heart, Sarvodaya was able to get into action within 2 hours of disaster hitting Sri Lanka and continue to work towards reawakening Sri Lanka. On this day, when we look back on what we have been doing the past 6 months, we would like to again pay our gratitude to all these wonderful people and organizations who made it possible for Sarvodaya to do all what it did up to now to help recover from this tragedy and more importantly, as we reiterated in our Tsunami to Deshodaya Plan 6 months ago, all these contributing to CREATING A NEW SRI LANKA.
One of the first companies that came forward to support Sarvodaya in the post tsunami housing scheme was Holcim. On 12th July 2005, 154 houses were handed over to the respective beneficiaries. Seventy-seven of these houses are in the villages of Balapitya, Brahmanawatte, and Mohottiwatte in Galle district while thirty-seven are in Randombe village in Ambalangoda. Forty houses were handed over in the villages of Kottegoda, Suduwella, and Batigama in Matara district.
A group of students from Singapore who came to Sri Lanka to attend a workshop conducted by the United World Colleges Student Exchange Program participated in a shramadana camp to help a Tsunami-affected school in Payagala.
Vaddawan a small village, in the Batticaloa District in the east, one of the worsted Tsunami affected areas, composed of fishermen and their families who were affected by the tsunami in December 2004…
On 15th June 2005, under the aegis of the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF) on HIV/AIDS and Development, and UNAIDS, Sarvodaya launched a new initiative to enhance religious leadership towards HIV/AIDS prevention, control and care in Sri Lanka.
Sarvodaya staff were happy to receive and meet with Board Members of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC), on their visit to Sri Lanka
We were making our first trip to Sri Lanka in 3 and 6 years, respectively, to see our friends at Sarvodaya and to find a tsunami impacted village that needed a preschool– the heart of the Sarvodaya village development process…