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Sri Lankan Social Change Leader Speaks At EWC Forum
HONOLULU (Oct.30) – Global leader and founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne will speak about his work in grassroots community development and peace-building at an East-West Center evening forum on Tuesday, November 6.

The program is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the East-West Center’s Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (1777 East-West Road) on the Garden Level. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reserve a seat by calling 944-7111 or Email: [email protected] .

The forum is sponsored by the East-West Center, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Friends of the East-West Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa — Dept. of Philosophy, and Milun (Association for the promotion of South Asian culture).

Parking is available on the UH Manoa Campus for $3. Pay at the guard kiosk along East-West Rd. or Maile Way. After 4 p.m. vehicles may park in any zone of the UH Manoa upper campus.

Background: Sarvodaya, a community-based movement inspired by Gandhian philosophy and Sri Lankan Buddhist traditions, was founded in 1958.  Sarvodaya Shramadana, which means "sharing of labor, thought and resources for the awakening of all,” has become Sri Lanka's largest organization, active in 15,000 villages.

Sarvodaya's work ranges from early childhood development, education, and economic development to sustainable peace building. Currently, Sarvodaya initiatives include over 7,000 pre-schools, more than 12 orphanages, over 4,500 independent Sarvodaya Shramadana Societies, 103,000 young peace brigade members working in conflict resolution and emergency relief, and micro-finance services serving about a million Sri Lankan people. Sarvodaya has received international recognition from the United Nations for its tsunami relief work, which the East-West Center community generously supported through contributions from its alumni, students, and supporters throughout the region.

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Media interested in covering Dr. Ariyaratne’s talk please contact Karen Knudsen, Director, Office of External Affairs, at (808) 944-7195 or via email at [email protected] .

The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.