About Us

Who We Are
The Sri Lanka Saukyadana movement is a locally founded nongovernmental volunteer organization.

We primarily provide health education and first aid training to over 400 schools across Sri Lanka and run medical first aid camps at major public events nationwide.

Apart from this, we also provide hospital aid services, health awareness programs and clean up campaigns to aid environmental sanitation.

An Overview
Saukyadana saw its birth at the foot of Adam's peak over 50 years ago. Dr. Vajiranath Lakshman de Silva, a young doctor at the time, was on pilgrimage during the pilgrimage season of 1959. Whilst there he was moved by the difficulties the pilgrims encounter due to the lack of medical aid services. Inspired, on his return to Colombo he established Saukyadana with the aim providing medical aid to the pilgrims of Adam's peak and other such areas of need.

The strategy employed by the movement was to motivate doctors, nurses and other Para-medical personnel to educate and train the youth of Sri Lanka in health and first aid. Trained volunteers would then run medical aid programs in areas of need.

"Saukyadana" means freely giving of the gift of health to another. When choosing this name, Dr. de Silva envisaged Suakyadana as not only promoting the wellbeing of Sri Lanka's who did not have access to adequate health care, but also a vehicle by which to train the youth of Sri Lanka to be healthy, self confidant, self reliant youth with the needed leaderships and humanist qualities to take the country forward.

From these humble beginnings, The Sri Lanka Suakyadana Movement has evolved into a national level organization with over 6000 volunteers working in 12 districts across the country.

The backbone of the organization still lies at a school level, with the primary focus of the organization being the provision of first aid training to students and teachers. It is the effort of these school trained volunteers which then fuels the medical aid camps and other health and community aid services.

Currently Saukyadana engages in providing
Education and training of the youth of Sri Lanka in first aid & health promotion

  • Provision of training & education to teachers on first aid & health
  • Conducting  first aid / medical camps at large scale public events
  • Provision of first aid / medical aid during natural disasters and national calamities
  • Community welfare projects such as provision of educational aid and food stuff to areas of need.
  • Community health programs
  • Training of nurse aids
  • Psychosocial support for past war communities in the north & east

With turning 50 years old, Saukyadana finds itself undergoing a renewal. Whilst first aid training and the provision of medical aid was a pressing need 50 years ago, Sri Lanka's modern day and 30 year post war context is presenting itself with different health needs. As there is a need for mental health support, an effort to broaden our services to focus upon mental health awareness and increasing levels of psychological as well as physical wellbeing has been initiated. Under this initiative, awareness building in areas such as psycho- education, stress management and relaxation techniques, substance abuse cessation programs and coping with the effects of trauma and abuse is intended to be provided to schools. Additionally, the "leukaid" program has been successfully initiated, and has provided medical and financial aid to 24 terminally ill leukemic patients.

The beneficiaries of Saukyadana are school children, teachers and ultimately the general public of Sri Lanka. Our work is primarily focused upon health education and increasing levels of health and wellbeing in Sri Lanka.

Trained medical professionals, school teachers, students, clergy and community volunteers work together  to provide medical aid and community aid to areas in need and also to educate Sri Lankan youth on health awareness and first aid.

In order to make effective use of our skills and services we liaise directly with doctors, nurses, teachers, school students, community volunteers and clergy. These volunteers then directly train newly recruited youth and also provide health services and education to the general community. Partnering with schools along with volunteer medical professionals has been proven to be an efficient and cost effective way of reaching the maximum number of beneficiaries.