"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of History "

Sarvodaya International Trust

Sarvodaya International Trust

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men"

Crest of the Trust

The octagon represents the eight main religions of India and the World (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam). The centre of the octagon has the 'Dharma Chakra’ which represents the common moral essence of all religions. Above it, in Sanskrit, is 'Satyameva Jayate’ which means 'Truth always triumphs’. The doves represent Peace and the lotuses represent Non Violence. The sheaves of wheat and rice on either side represent the north and south of India and the northern and southern countries of the world. The crest thus represents SIT’s Gandhian objectives and international character.

Aims and Objectives of the Trust

"To revive, invigorate and diffuse nationally and internationally in a form and manner relevant to the contemporary and emerging twenty first century scenario the moral ideals and action programmes of Mahatma Gandhi."

To identify and support those Gandhian institutions and voluntary organisations which are of importance in the context of the objects set out in clause (I) herein supra and doing’ laudable and commendable work in the moral, non-violence, peace, communal and racial harmony fields and in the Social, Cultural and Environmental spheres, on Gandhian lines.

To network with and like-minded individuals, organisations and associations, in -India and abroad, for mutual support and inter-action, so that in due course a global movement based on, Truth, Non-violence, Universal Brotherhood and Sarvodaya, could be engendered.

To establish an infrastructure and mechanism. whereby individuals and organisations in India and abroad, who wish to support the objectives and activities of the Trust could contribute directly or through the Trust to the organisations referred to in clause (ii) herein.

Preamble of the Charter of Endowment

In the context of the one hundred and twenty fifth birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of Truth, Non-Violence, Peace and Universal Brotherhood whose moral and benign impact on the history and thinking of the twentieth century is inestimably profound, AND,

Considering that Albert Einstein had written “Generations to come, will scarce believe that such a one as this, ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth” and Jawaharlal Nehru had stated, “The light that has illuminated this country for these many years will illumine this country for many more years and a thousand years later that light will still be seen in this country and the world will see it and it will give solace to innumerable hearts. For that light represented something more than the immediate present; it represented the living truth.,, AND,

Whereas the wide and critical collapse of moral values in all walks of life and the perilous decline in the human dimension in global, political and trade relations and national economy . development have culminated in widespread discontent, corruption, unemployment, violence, communal and racial discord and much human distress, destruction and disillusionment, AND,

Whereas the spectre of global nuclear holocaust has apparently receded, the moral crisis and degeneration has assumed alarming proportions on the national and international scenes, resulting even in disruption and destabilisation of constitutional Governments in some countries, AND,

Whereas in this distressing scenario, Mahatma Gandhi’s moral ideals of Truth, Non Violence, Peace and Universal Brotherhood and his economic and social action strategies have assumed a new and vital relevance. AND,

Whereas this is particularly true of the Gandhian concept of SARVODAYA which envisages the general betterment of everyone, commencing with the moral dimension and extending to every other aspect of human existence and endeavour, with special focus on the service and uplift of the downtrodden, AND,


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