offers ‘Corporate weekend’ help opportunities
Sarvodaya is offering companies in Sri Lanka the opportunity to
help rural village communities in Shramadana-styled campaigns. In
a statement Sarvodaya said it believes this unique opportunity can
provide a highly effective form of team-building, reawakening and
a sense of achievement for groups of up to 24 people. Groups might
include entire staffs of smaller companies or sales teams, management
teams and entire departments in larger companies.
weekend Shramadana will be organised within a two hour drive of
Colombo so that participants can leave work on Friday evening and
return home on Sunday evening having worked together throughout
the weekend to leave a lasting benefit for the community.
first Weekend Shramadana will take place in Moratuwella in early
February. This is a fishing village of 900 families located directly
on the coast southwest of Moratuwa; 60 families directly rely on
the fishing industry.
the tsunami, they have received little aid other than the repair
of a shelter close to the beach. Many of the simple dwellings were
damaged but have not been repaired and the area is an eyesore with
a bad litter problem.
In spite of this, when the villagers were consulted by Sarvodaya
through the Sarvodaya Village Society, their main and urgent priority
was to provide a secure fenced area in which to protect their fishing
boats, nets and fish stocks.
also needed a communal deep freezer in which to store fish. 100
villagers will work alongside the participants to build the fenced
area and clear the rubbish. Lunch will be cooked by the village
women and served on the beach each day, Sarvodaya said.
group will be accommodated at Sarvodaya's Moratuwa headquarters
in simple twin-bedded dormitory rooms with all meals provided from
dinner on arrival to afternoon tea on Sunday. No technical skills
The cost is Rs.14,000 per person including all accommodation, meals
and transport between Moratuwa and Moratuwella as well as a donation
to pay for the materials for the work, the deep freezer and lunches
for the 100 participating villagers.
is able to put together a series of similar Shramadana camps based
at Moratuwa and Bandaragama and would be interested in talking to
organisations about creating a longer-term programme. Contact: Jagath
Wijesekara, Sarvodaya Community Tourism Initiative on 266 7362,
0722802720, email: email@example.com.