News1st Gammedda follows lives of Batticaloa students who walk 10km to school

News1st Gammedda follows lives of Batticaloa students who walk 10km to school

News1st Gammedda follows lives of Batticaloa students who walk 10km to school

Written by Lahiru Fernando

14 Mar, 2016 | 9:08 pm

The final phase of the News 1st Gammedda Door to Door public service initiative continued on to the twentieth day, reaching out to the most rural communities in the country, to give a voice to the voiceless.

The campaign is supported by the University of Peradeniya and got underway in the Colombo, Batticaloa and Kandy Districts on Monday March 14.

Central Province

The Sooriyagoda village in Kandy came to the spotlight of the News 1st Gammedda team. When the team reached the village, we witnessed the distruction brought upon the villagers, their cultivation and their properties by wild animals in the area. Monkey and wild boar attacks have increased as a result of more animals, captured from other areas, also being released in the vicinity if the village.

Eastern Province

When the team touring the Batticaloa District visited several areas including Uththuchena area, the team discovered the main issue affecting the locals of the village -the absence of a proper road system. The Uththuchena Tamil College, which is the only school for the area, provides education only up to the 9th Grade and has five teachers.

Upon visiting the Karadiyanu area in Batticaloa, our teams met a group of students who have to walk nearly 10 kilometres each day to obtain their education.

Colombo

The News 1st Gammedda Door to Door team touring the Colombo District visited several areas including Maniyangama, Ihalawela, Viharakanda and Pansalkanda. The locals who live in mountainous areas obtain their drinking water necessities from spring water. However, when there are no rains these people remain helpless.

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