Fifteen-year-old grandson provides for grandparents; News1st’s Gammedda spotlights heartrending stories

Fifteen-year-old grandson provides for grandparents; News1st’s Gammedda spotlights heartrending stories

Fifteen-year-old grandson provides for grandparents; News1st’s Gammedda spotlights heartrending stories

Written by Staff Writer

15 Mar, 2016 | 9:54 pm

The final phase of the News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door public service initiative continued on to its 21st 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 Kegalle, Batticaloa and Nuwara Eliya Districts on Monday March 15.

Batticaloa

News 1st visited the areas of Unnichchei, Unnichchei Kulam, Aiththimalei and Paththareikatta to inquire into the plethora of issues faced by the people. We discovered that the main concern in these areas was the drinking water crisis. Although the water from Unnichchai Tank is released for the use in Batticaloa and Eravur, locals in the vicinity of the tank are deprived of drinking water.

In the same area, the team came across an old lady by the name of Chellamma. She lost her only child two years ago in a wild elephant attack. Today she lives in a shack, spending a lonely life with her husband. The two are being taken care of by their 15-year-old grandson. However, he can only send them money just once a month.

Kegalle

When our teams visited the rural areas in Kegalle, they came across a school -The Kandal Oya Tamil Vidyalaya. The school has around 185 students amidst the various difficulties and the lack of proper facilities. The school comprises of only two buildings and the major issue faced by the students is the shortage of teachers. These students who face a great deal of issues have managed to showcase their skills by going on to win All Island prizes.

The News 1st teams that visited several line houses in Kandal Oya noticed that these house do not have proper sanitation facilities. The locals also face the issue of the lack of drinking water and transportation facilities.

Nuwara Eliya

Batagolla in Walapane is a remote village located in the Nuwara Eliya District. The villagers’ farmlands are being conquered by wilderness as a result of the constant threat due to wild elephants. Adding up to the list of villages which are under threat are Galketiwala, Ketakandura and Poththallinda. Wild Elephant attacks have claimed five lives during the recent past.

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