Organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Sri Lanka, the V-Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes individuals who render extraordinary services to the community. It is organized in partnership between the United Nations (UN), the Government, various Volunteer Organizations, and the Academia.
As such, Mrs. Selvika Sahathevan was honored and awarded the ‘National Volunteer of the Year 2018’ at the Grand Finale of the V-awards, held at Nelum Pokuna on the 20th of February, 2018 among a pool of 14 of Sri Lanka’s most inspiring contributors to the society. She was chosen as the ultimate recipient of this coveted title for her untiring efforts in building the “Vimochana Home” back in 2011 and successfully running it since then.
The Vimochana home serves as a rehabilitation center for drug addicts and alcoholics. With little-to-no such rehabs available in her community, this initiative was found to be of a timely need. Since the beginning of the Vimochana home, over 400 individuals have visited, been admitted to the program and are being rehabilitated. And as of 2018, her services towards this worthy cause have proven to be a massive success boasting a 70% increase in those who seek this service.
Mrs. Selvika Sahathevan’s contributions to her locale were distinguished in the sense of specifically identifying the most important issues existing in her society, prioritizing the requirements revolving around those issues, deliberating the target group that will benefit from her services, organizing details such as the physical space, assistance, rehab methodology, etc., and establishing a comfortable space for drug-addicts and alcoholics to freely communicate in the process of undergoing rehabilitation.
Ultimately, her services have not only brought light to the individuals who received rehabilitation but also to their families who are depended on these individuals. Hence, it is only fitting to say that, what was planted as a mere seed back in 2011 has branched into a massive tree that shades, shelters, and feeds several citizens, steering them back to live life to the fullest.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Selvika Sahathevan, her dedicated team and their services to the society in this regard.