The Sarvodaya Shramadana movement in Sri Lanka was the key inspiration for the founders of Sarvodaya USA, and they remain strong partners. We are actively working with Sarvodaya right now on the Kidney Disease Prevention Project. We host the founder, A.T. Ariyaratne, and his son, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, when they come to speak in the USA. We send groups and individual interns to work in Sri Lanka.
MONLAR, or the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, is our newest partner organization in Sri Lanka. We work actively with them on the Kidney Disease Prevention Project along with Sarvodaya. MONLAR works at the local, national and international level to support ecologically friendly farming practices, land rights, and agrarian reform, with activities ranging from organizing local farmers groups, promoting national-level agrarian policies, and representing Sri Lanka internationally in La via Campesina, the international peasant's movement, and the Asian Peasant Coalition.
Since 2011, Sarvodaya USA has partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Global Health Institute to run field courses to Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Institute’s goal is to determine both root causes of ill health (economic, social, etc.) and to find the best practices for sustainable health using a holistic, place-based approach.
Jyotidaya was Nepal's first cooperative school, founded by Nepali young people in 1998 to serve disabled and underprivileged children. Sarvodaya USA championed and raised funds for the school construction, and continues to send volunteers to work there.
Anuvuti International is one of Nepal's leading advocates for Sarvodaya models of community development. Its young team works to host Shramadana camps for Nepali residents and foreign visitors and many other opportunities for transformative learning through service and reflection. Anuvuti helps coordinate the visits of our UW Global Health students to Nepal, and provides an inspirational model for applying the Shramadana methods outside of Sri Lanka.
Quest is a service-learning program run by The Crossing, an ecumenical campus ministry that serves the University of Wisconsin-Madison community. Quests are alternative break trips that take students around the world, and embody the holistic educational and development goals that are at the heart of Sarvodaya philosophy and practice. We have co-sponsored trips to Sri Lanka and Nepal with Quest.
Kodiak Treks is operated by Brigid and Harry Dodge, and is one of Alaska's premier examples of ecologically responsible tourism. They provide opportunities for low-impact wildlife viewing, and advocate for improved human-wildlife relationships through their writing, activism, and scholarship. We are proud to have them as hosts for upcoming Hearth Treks.
Wade Moore, Yami Solis and their daughters run Finca Pasiflora, a
diversified, sustainability-focused farm in the foothills near San Isidro,
Costa Rica. The Finca is powered by a homemade hydroelectric system, and serves as an incomparable setting for hands-on learning, skill development, exploring and reflecting. Wade and Yami are regular hosts for Hearth Treks.