Who We Are

A rural Fisherman on his boat

"If you give me a fish, you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish, you have fed me until the water is polluted and the beach is taken for hotel development.

But if you teach me to organize, then whatever the challenge, I can join together with my community and we will develop our own solution."

Sevalanka Foundation is a Sri Lankan development organization that enhances the capacity of disadvantaged rural communities to identify and address their own development needs. Through our own professionals and our links with other service providers, we coordinate training and support services that contribute to the economically viable, socially just and ecologically sustainable development of Sri Lanka.

Sevalanka, a registered non-profit, works with two "daughter organizations" to provide an integrated and complementary package of services. Sewa Finance is a registered microfinance institution that provides financial services to community organizations and rural entrepreneurs. Sewa Economic Development Company (SEDCO) is a social enterprise that focuses on fair trade, value chain investments and enterprise development services.


National Symposium on the Biodiversity of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka

The Northern Province of Sri Lanka, due to its proximity to the Indian Mainland, has been the main gateway through which the Island has been colonized by fauna and flora over the evolutionary time scale. Even at present it remains the main entry point for the migratory birds that arrive in Sri Lanka. The Northern Province supports several important natural habitats of Sri Lanka inhabited by a unique species assemblage of which some can only be encountered in this region. Also, the Northern Province has number of coastal and offshore habitats such as mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and isolated islands that functions as critical habitats for marine mammals and sea birds.
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Trading, Traditions and Making Connections............... The Islander Festival, 2013

Seva Lanka Foundation has strived for two decades to reach out to disadvantaged communities spread across the island to help them elevate their standard of living by enriching their lives through numerous channels; by training the youth, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and conduct to gain mileage in life, by opening new doors to strengthen community enterprises adding value to their local products, by building necessary infrastructure and providing resources to rebuild decapitated communities and also by providing opportunities to enrich individuals through their respective religions, languages and wellbeing. Read more..

Be a Change-Maker!

Ms. Shashila Priyadarshani returned home as she was not paid for months and was not given enough to eat. Sevalanka’s psychosocial support team helps many returnee migrants like Shashila to overcome past trauma, uplift their mental well being and live a better life. Now, Shashila earns Rs. 15,000 a month with the sewing machine she was provided with by the project. “At last I can look forward with hope,” says Shashila.

Read how Sevalanka helped make it possible.

Annual Report 2012/13