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Sarvodaya Annual Report 2023

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Statement by Sarvodaya on End of Violent Conflict

The conflict between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and the LTTE has ended after nearly three decades of hostilities. Today the Government of Sri Lanka is in control of the entire land area of the conflict-ridden Northern Province. From the early days of conflict Sarvodaya has always championed for the non-violent resolution to conflict and […]

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Live webcast coverage of the 50th anniversary events

We will be broadcasting live on the web at the following times. You will be required to install Adobe Flash Player in order to view this live webcast. If you don’t have Adobe Flash please click here to download. Please note that a live photo stream will also be available during the 7th December event. The streaming feed will be added to the homepage when its active.

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Sarvodaya Founder Receives Highest Sri Lankan Honour


Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, received Sri Lankaabhimanya (Pride of Sri Lanka), country’s highest honour today. In an event at Presidential Secretariat Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapkase conferred the highest honour to Dr. Ariyaratne. Dr. Ariyaratne was recognized for exceptional honor and glory brought to the country through Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement.

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Sarvodaya Video Gallery

Introduction to Sarvodaya Sarvodaya Vocational Training Centre Opening in Trincomalee Conflict Sensitive Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Sarvodaya and Peace Mediation Program Community Awakening through sharing

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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.

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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.

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Damniyamgama – Sarvodaya Eco-Village

Sarvodaya Eco-village development pilot project has been designed and introduced for 55 poor tsunami affected families in Kaluthara District in the western province of Sri Lanka as an innovative model of participatory development to address environmental sustainability. The pilot project is primarily financed by Sarvodaya with contributions for specific components of the eco-village by the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee (AJJDC), USAID, Bush Clinton Tsunami Fund, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED). The early design advice was given by world renowned permaculture experts from Australia Max Lindegger and Lloyd Williams of Ecological Solutions and Global Eco-village Network (GEN). The architectural designs were by Mr.Chandana Edirisuriya, a Sri Lankan Chartered Architect.

Work has begun on the eco-village on 4th of April 2005 and the village will be officially declared opened by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse on 28th March 2006.

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Sarvodaya Peace Meditation in Trincomallee

Sarvodaya, as part of its continuing action programme for peace in Sri Lanka held yet another important landmark event in Trincomallee (in the Eastern Province) from 16th – 19th February 2006.

Trincomallee, a district which has a mixed population of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims has been one of the worse affected areas during the 20 year armed conflict. Eventhough the ceasefire agreement of 2002 brought an end to the direct hostilities between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE and the guns and bombs were silent, other forms of violence persisted, particularly in the Eastern Province, which consists of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts. This multi-ethnic and multi-religious area of Sri Lanka has remained the victim of deep-seated communal tension.

The first part of the Sarvodaya peace event in Trincomallee was a youth camp titled “compassionate youth gathering”. Over 650 youth and peace activists from all parts of Sri Lanka participated in this 3 day peace event held at the Sarvodaya District Centre premises in Trincomallee.

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Sarvodaya Spearheads Nationwide Tsunami Commemorative Event – ‘In Loving Memory’

There is a light in all of us…we just need to share it. This is the belief of Sarvodaya and its Women’s Movement; hence a nationwide project named ‘In Loving Memory’ will commemorate the first year anniversary of the tsunami.

The project aims to create a ring of light around the entire coastline of Sri Lanka at 7pm on 26 December 2005 and so unite all citizens, NGO’s and overseas visitors in commemorating the loss of thirty five thousand lives in the tsunami. It is an event conceived to embrace all religious and ethnic beliefs.

A minimum of forty thousand luminary lanterns in respect of each life lost will be handmade by the women survivors in the coastal villages supported by Sarvodaya Women’s Movement and distributed free of charge to the bereaved. The project is compatible with the Movement’s urgency to provide psycho social support as well as empower Tsunami affected women through skills development and livelihood support.

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