Founded 59 years ago in Sri Lanka, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement is a social development organisation. Coined by Mahatma Ghandi, Sarvodaya means the awakening of all and the Movement.

Faith Affiliation: inspired by Buddhist principles

Mission: “the fulfillment of the basic needs of people in a holistic way bringing spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions integrated with social, economic and political development in community.”


Key facts: The main organisation has over 400 staff, but as a whole it accomplishes its work with the help of over 1200 staff and 100,000 volunteers across five countries: Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Nepal. The organization helps over 2 million beneficiaries a year.

For example in Nepal, the program became an effective independent organisation called Teach for Nepal. It has its own life now and might become a separate legal entity. For the past five years, they have been reaching a large number of remote schools and were attaching fellows from Kathmandu, who go to villages stay and teach the children. It 15,000 of 38,000 villages in Sri Lanka.

Key SDGs addressed: 10 of the 17 SDGs are addressed by the organisation including environmental, water, energy, food, cloth, health, housing, holistic education, transport and communication and cultural and spiritual needs. In all humanitarian relief work, we adhere to the SPHERE standards in terms of all the services including calculating the quantities.

Annual Budget: $2 million


Sarvodaya relief items distribution Batticaloa on Thursday the 13th January, 2011.


4 large-scale drinking and agricultural water wells in Moneragala district inaugurated in the Uva province of Sri Lanka.

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