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Sri Lanka

Peacemaking Through Community Engagement


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It is rare to be given the opportunity to engage in rural life and truly experience a culture 3,000 years in the making. Sri Lanka offers the visual splendor of tropical beauty and beaches, contrasted with a mushrooming urban economy experiencing all the challenges of exponential growth. Meanwhile the rural villages seem to live in the world of a century ago.

During your journey you will participate with Via International’s partner Sarvodaya in Shramadana (share the work) experiences working side by side with village residents in community-defined projects to support resettlement, reconciliation, and reconstruction efforts in areas recovering from the effects of war. Discussions will center around consensus building and inner work.

You will learn about a nation-wide effort to support human and village development that has, against all odds, survived and thrived for 50 years. In order to place yourself in this unique context, visits will be made to specific sites that will enhance your understanding of the history, Gandhian principles, and culture of Sri Lanka.