Damrivi Projects

alt Pilgrimage to India - Luxury tour organized by Damrivi Foundation

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alt Group counselling with Buddhist insights at the Cancer Hospital

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alt Weekly meditation programmes at the Damrivi Center

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alt Beyond the Net – A world renowned web site on Theravada Buddhism

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alt Violence Against Women – A Buddhist Perspective. Advocacy with Buddhist monks and nuns

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alt Buddhist tours of Sri Lanka

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alt We provide a Counselling service with Buddhist insights

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alt Sith Gimanhala, a live TV counselling programme

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alt For a happy and contented married life through the Buddhist Philosophy

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alt Bringing up your child the dhamma way – Childrens Programmes

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alt We pioneered a professional counselling course with Buddhist insights

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alt Group therapy for social phobia

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alt Sankalana – exclusive Buddhist gift items

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Sith Gimanhala

Since October 2008, Derana, telecasts a live counseling programme. The Damrivi counseling programme was a springboard for the start of this programme. The programme was originally aimed at addressing women who are victims of domestic violence. The programme  is telecasted in the morning hours on week days giving an opportunity for these victims to call in annonymous when the husbands or other perpetrators  are away at work. For each day of the week, there is a different resource person who provides live counseling to callers. On Tuesdays the resource person is the senior counselor of Damrivi, Mr. Suranga Amarakoon and our psychiatrists. Today the program is so popular that not only battered women but all sorts of distressed people needing help of all age groups call in. The one hour programme only provides a  limited opportunity to  callers. All callers are  encouraged to   seek counseling personally at the Damrvi center. Damrivi provides free counseling  to  these callers during the rest of the week.

A recent study conducted on the impact of this live TV counseling programme on the utilization of counseling services from Damrivi show an overwhelming increase of 292% in 2009. This exceptional increase is attributed to the publicity that was generated for counseling in general and specifically for the services provided by Damrivi as a result of the participation of Damrivi’s senior counselor in the TV programme. The 2010 service statistics shows a  steady increase of 32%.  Damrivi started a telephone counseling programme in March 2009 specifically to address the needs of these callers.  A large number of such callers were as a result of  Sith Gimanhala.  The number of callers is very high on the day and the day after the programe is telecast. During the programme, the public is informed that if they are unable to get telephone access to the live programme, there are counselors at Damrivi to help them.  

Sith Gimanhala has had a great impact on building awareness and confidence in counseling. Though we constantly direct viewers and callers to the closest Government hospital  for  their counseling and other psychological problems, we find that continuously clients  from remote areas such as Kataragama, Trincomalee, Ampara end up at Damrivi center for counseling. Our research also indicate that people are moving away from misconceptions and myths about psychological problems and are more inclined to seek professional help.  Some clients having benefited through  our counseling service  offer to  participate in  Sith Gimanhala   for a discussion in order to  encourage others to seek help.  Some of these clients include those who  were counseled for social phobias. It has also demonstrated that culturally friendly, compassion based counseling services remove barrier of social stigma in accessing psychological services.

Sith Gimanhala TV Programmes

Rupavahini Sithwila 2013-03-07

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-05

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-12 Part 01

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-12 Part 02

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part I

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part II

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part III

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part IV

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part I

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part II

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part III

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part IV

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 08, February 2011

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 17, August 2010

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 10, August 2010

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 20, July 2010

Derana TV logo Next Damrivi TV Counselling Programme

on Wednesday 5th October 2011 from 9.45pm to 11.30pm

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