Written by Tharushan Fernando
04 Mar, 2016 | 9:29 pm
The News 1st Gammedda Door to Door campaign, an initiative aimed at being a voice of the voiceless, who are facing a plethora of issues, forged ahead on the tenth day on Friday.
The team that is based in the North Central Province commenced the campaign on Friday morning from the Sri Sudarshanarama Raja Maha Vihara in Galenbidunuwewa.
The team visited a number remote villages including Galenbidunwewa,Thavarakkulama and Dumbuluyaya – where the primary concern of the locals was unemployment and the dilapidated road system. The team came across a feeble woman who not only lost her son to the war, but is also deprived of his pension.
Another team that was touring the area came across the people of Dambagollewa, who face a severe crisis in terms of obtaining water. Shortage of water has also affected agriculture in the area.
The team based in the Northern Province commenced the campaign from the Pallimunai area in Mannar. The main source of income of those living around the lagoon, is fishing. However, as sand had filled in the lagoon, these fishermen are forced carry the heavy boats on their shoulders and walk 800m to the water, and do the same when the boats return with the catch.
The News 1st Gammedda Door to Door campaign, which is touring the Southern Province, reached out to the rural villages following religious observances at the Angunukolawewa Historic Raja Maha Vihara. A woman who was present raised a serious concern, and the News 1st team immediately set off to her residence where the team came across a child who had excelled at the Grade Five Scholarship Examination. However, due to many obstacles the education of this child had come to a standstill.
When visiting Mandunagala, News 1st came across this extraordinary individual. D.G.Sumananda is more famous as Mandunagala Ali Sumane. The individual had captured several of the elephant calves in Sri Lanka that were gifted to international leaders. He is currently working for the Department of Wildlife to ensure that elephant poaching is stopped.
The News 1st Gammedda Door to Door Campaign is supported by the University of Peradeniya and will take place until March 18.
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