All projects designed and implemented are strictly to uphold the vision and mission of the Shanti Sena and Philosophy of Sarvodaya Movement.
The projects involve the youths and based in the grassroots level of rural, urban communities. These projects have a significant feature in that they are implemented in all parts of the country. with a view to bringing Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims together socially, as well as culturally.
Projects are done unfunded through the efforts of the members, funded projects through local and International donor agencies and joint projects implemented with partners. .
Currently the following projects are in implementation ...
Project : Inter-religious Cooperation for Community Development and Social Empowerment
Inter-religious Cooperation for Community Development and Social Empowerment program attempts to mitigate conflict by establishing strong cooperative relationships between Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian religious leaders who will influence their peers and followers towards inter-communal tolerance. The primary target group is 80 religious leaders with 20 coming from each of the major faith groups, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. Over the course of the project, these leaders will come together to implement inter-faith community development and social empowerment projects, community dialogues, shared religious festivals, and youth-run peace committees in their respective communities.
Objectives of the Project
religious leaders to foster community reconciliation through conflict
transformation skills and community development and social empowerment projects
engage a broad range of community members.
2. Promote and strengthen opportunities for inter-religious/inter-ethnic dialogue in communities to increase understanding and restore trust
Project : Creating a foundation for lasting peace through inter-religious dialogues
Creating a foundation for lasting peace through inter-religious dialogues. With the support from Norwegian Church Aid conducted since 2007 and on going.
The name of the project amply demonstrates the objective of the project. In 15 districts of North, East and rest of the provinces, Viz Vauvinia, Mannar, Trincomalee, Ampara/Kalmunai, Anuradhapura, Matale, Polnnaruwa, Kandy, Gampaha, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Nuwara eliya and Puttalam Ten villages in each district are selected to operate the project.
- Youth leadership training
- Conflict transformation
- Youth exchange camps.
- Sports and games for inter ethnic integration.
- Publication of material for social harmony.
- Religious leader’s dialogues.
Project : Community empowerment for Peace, Reconciliation and Development
Community empowerment for peace, reconciliation and development. A part of theproject implemented by Sarvodaya Movement and funded by Royal Norwegian Embassy. Sarvodaya Movement has entrusted Shantisena to implement our part of the project in 12 districts.
- Inter district exchange programme
- Inter ethnic sports meet
- Training youth Volunteers and health workers
- Establishment “Suwadana Centers” For primary health care services
Recently completed projects :
The overall objective of the project is to make a contribution towards conflict transformation at a local level, especially in ethnically mixed areas, by developing and pursuing common interests and creating common spaces for (new) encounters to build relationships beyond ethnic boundaries.
- Build trust and understanding among different ethnic groups in 22 ethnically mixed villages by promoting dialogue and exchange.
- To strengthen children and youth in their self confidence, self-esteem and resilience and support them in their process of social integration.
- Promote a culture of dialogue.
- Sustainability of the project: integrating local authorities (key persons from municipal councils, schools, sports clubs and respected and popular personalities) into the project to increase the peace building impact.
- To learn to handle conflicts in a non-violent manner