|Local language||සේවාලංකා පදනම (SevalankaPadanama)|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Education and Training
In 2004 the organisation did an extended evaluation on the work and realized it was less conflict sensitive and established the Peace and Reconciliation Unit – now known as Community Peace Building Team – to mainstream conflict sensitivity through all Sevalanka projects. Peace and reconciliation in a community is now recognized as crucial for its progress, and as such has been put at the core of every other type of social work carried out by the organisation.
In last 20 years we have built up network with diversified and ethnic to set up a ‘community development’ approach to poverty alleviation and economic improvement. We focus on bringing individuals together to build strong civil society organizations that are capable of catalyzing village, or even regional, level change. Our main programme areas cover Organisational Development, Disaster Management, and Livelihood Generation.
In the last 7 years we have been organizing an annual music festival to promote the traditional folk forms and cultural exchange between the diverse communities in Sri Lanka.
During the last decade we have also supported many hand-loom and handicraft producers to promote and enhance their authentic products.
Sevalanka Foundation, since its inception in 1992 has been working to uplift the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Sri Lanka across 22 districts out of the 25 districts in the country. During this period, Sevalanka partnered with leading multilateral agencies like World Bank, United Nations, Asian Development Bank and European Union, with most of its major sources of funding coming from United States of America, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Norway, with a few other counties contributing the rest.
Sevalanka gained its vast expertise and experience from conducting humanitarians operations in the field of poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, Peace and reconciliation, nutrition and food security , agriculture and fisheries support services, psycho-social support, revival of dying culture traditions, micro credit, supporting social enterprises and market linkages for community products. It made a significant contribution to the socio-economic fabric of Sri Lanka, the results of which are witnessed today in the country’s present developed state, and continues to make a contribution to it, even today.
Sevalanka built a great reputation for its work in the resettlement program, carried out after the cessation of 30 years of war, by resettling approximately 200,000 Internally Displaced Families and by initiating participatory development strategies in most parts of the country.
Their peace programme is built on three pillars: direct peace building, conflict sensitivity, and research. Sevalanka works with young people, community people and religious/community leaders, helping to build a network between them to bring about a more productive joint effort for peace in their communities.With young people, Sevalanka provide leadership training for non-violent social change. The perspective of peace they receive is not limited to peace in a theoretical sense. They receive constant interaction with peers from other ethnicities and religions, and they are given an overall knowledge of peace – including its practical application within the community. In 2004 the organisation did an extended evaluation on the work and realised it was not conflict sensitive and established the Peace and Reconciliation Unit – now known as Community Peace Building Team – to mainstream conflict sensitivity through all Sevalanka projects. Peace and reconciliation in a community is now recognized as crucial for its progress, and as such has been put at the core of every other type of social work carried out by the organisation.
Over the last few years they also have worked to safeguard the traditional art forms (music, dance, folklore etc.) and traditional handicrafts (Palmarayh, reeds, wooden craft, coconut husk, cinnamon sticks & branches) of Srilanka. They have supported communities in preserving their traditional livelihoods by providing training, credit facilities, value addition and market linkage. They have also adopted traditional organic method of farming and promoting their traditional farming activities in community.
|Contact Information (Organization)|
|Address||432 A, 2nd Floor, Colombo Road, Boralesgamuwa|
|Tel||MOBILE: +94-777-386682 (Dinusha)|
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