Written by Tharushan Fernando
18 Mar, 2016 | 10:46 pm
Having covered all districts, phase one of Sri Lanka’s largest public service initiative, the News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door Campaign that reached out to the most rural of places in Sri Lanka, concluded today.
The News 1st Gammadda Door-to-Door Campaign which toured the Northern and Eastern Provinces commenced from Maha Oya in Ampara today.
This is the road which leads to Polle-Bedda from Maha-Oya. (Please watch video).
The road not only causes difficulty for the locals to travel but also poses many health risks. Later, the team visited the indigenous community on Pollebedde.
The regulations imposed by persons who attempt to destroy the environment have posed serious issues to the livelihoods of these persons who made nature their life.
Another team based in Ampara, visited Aranthalawa, where they came across many individuals were traumatised by the conflict.This war-hero who lives in this village, is one who put his country before himself, sacrificing his sight for his country.
The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door Campaign in the Nuwara Eliya District commenced the journey from the Meda-Gaha-Wathura Sri Gangarama temple in Nawalapitiya today. The three kilometre road from Medagaha-Wathura to Nawalapitiya, rather than meeting the transportation needs of the locals in the area, had become a place which brings death.
After taking down the issues of the people residing on either side of this road, the team reached the Inguru-Oya New Village. The locals here are mainly skilled in making creations using twigs and are now faced with obtacles in continuing their trade.
Another team in the Nuwara Eliya District reached the Zoysa Kele Labour Houses in Nawalapitiya.These 117 houses which are around 200 years old, have only nine public toilets.
The News 1st Gammedda team in the Western Province visited the Aluth-Kuruwa Fishing Village in Negombo on Friday.
One team toured the Negombo Lagoon to identify the issues faced by the fishermen.
Another team reached out to the Altuhkuruwa, Pitipana and surrounding villages in Negombo. Locals says that the dry-fish industry and pig pens operated by outsiders have destroyed the beauty of the lagoon, and created many health risks.
News 1st will keep you informed of the next phase of the Gammadda Door to Door Campaign in the near future.
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