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SRI LANKA OVERVIEW
In August of 1999, the Sarvodaya organization started its Peace Initiative in the war-torn island of Sri Lanka, calling for 100,000 people to join in a peace meditation. 

They got 200,000.

   
 
Commonway is assisting Sarvodaya with its Peace Initiative.  Sarvodaya is the only organization on the island of Sri Lanka with:
  • A Gandhian philosophy of non-violence;
  • an island-wide organizaional structure;
  • able to mobilize and motivate hundreds of thousands  of people;
  • a clear vision of a post-conflict society, and;
  • a 40 year track record of people-oriented development.
Commonway supplies a needed conceptual viewpoint and a track record of resolving conflict among parties who are defended, hostile and adversarial.  The Commonway approach is based on the philosophy of inclusivity, a spiritual (but non-religious) knowing that all our lives are inextricably linked, that whatever is done to one is done to all, and that the search for peace has to be based in the notion that all parties to a conflict have to “win”.
     For more on the history and accomplishments of Sarvodaya, click here.
     
COMMONWAY STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE: 

“CREATING AN ISLAND THAT WORKS FOR ALL”


There is a confluence of ideas, consciousness and spirit that makes Sarvodaya and CWI a great working partnership. 

Commonway supports the peace initiative in Sri Lanka by:

  • Providing overall logistical support to Sarvodaya, and
    • Providing philosophical grounding, theory, strategies and tactical advice to Sarvodaya on its peace initiative.
     
       
       In November of 1999, a Commonway Team went to Sri Lanka to assist Sarvodaya in its Peace Initiative.   
         
    For more on Commonway's work in Sri Lanka, click here.  
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