Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Feb, 2016 | 9:15 pm
Today is day three of Sri Lanka’s largest people-oriented campaign, the News 1st Gammedda door-to-door initiative.
The campaign was launched to identify the hardships faced by individuals and villages in the most rural areas of the country, and highlight those issues. The programme organised by News 1st, is supported by the University of Peradeniya.
The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door campaign reached out to several rural areas in the North, North Western and Uva Provinces. The team in the Uva Province commenced their journey from the Makul-Ella Village in Bandarawela on Friday. The News 1st team inquired in to the problems faced by the resident in areas of Uda- Peruwa, Palle-Peruwa, Mada – Peruwa and Weragalatenna.
Another News 1st team visited the villages of Amunudowa, Kontha Hela, Uduthurei, Mulatha Kumbura, Mathetilla, Kurukudei Gama, Perahettiya and Ambepura – to inquire into issues that have not been addressed.
The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door campaign in the North commenced their journey from the Chunnakam area in Jaffna. Our attention was drawn towards the issues faced at the Kankesanthurai – Mailadi Northern Kaleimahal Maha Vidyalaya.
Two hundred and seven (207) children of the individuals who were displaced, due to the establishment of Kankesanthurai high security zone, study in this school.
They reside in the temporary houses built in the Kannani and Pillai areas.
Another team visited the Northern Province. They went from door to door by writing down the problems faced by the locals. They met the residents of areas such as Amban, Kudakthanai, Nagarkovil, Maradankarni, Thalai Adi. This is a village located in an area, which was once in the heart of the conflict zone.
The team, which covers the North West, commenced their journey from the Digannewa Sri Waradanarama in Kurunegala. The News 1st team visited the villages of Mudaliyawa, Rambadewa and Palugolla – areas which have been neglected by the authorities.
Another News 1st team visited the villages of Kumbukwewa, Diyagama, Nambadewa, Ihala Rasnayakapura , Una Golla and Abhayapura, to inquire into the issues faced by those living there.
The Gammedda, Door-to-Door initiative will take place till March 18.
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