A.T. Ariyaratne

a-t-ariyaratne-leader-sri-lankaFounder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka; grassroots development leader and international award winner who derives his inspiration from Buddhist spiritual teachings and Gandhian social action; “Sarvodaya Shramadana” means “The Awakening of All Through the Sharing of Effort”; this message has spread to all parts of Sri Lanka and is bearing fruit in about a third of the country’s villages, numbering over 8000, and embracing a diverse Sinhalese, Tamil, and Muslim population; awarded the Gandhi Prize in 1996.