#Gammadda100: Day 84 -Five decade-old problem, transformed into a memory of the past

#Gammadda100: Day 84 -Five decade-old problem, transformed into a memory of the past

#Gammadda100: Day 84 -Five decade-old problem, transformed into a memory of the past

Written by Lahiru Fernando

11 Oct, 2016 | 10:30 pm

Today’s world is heavily digitised, with everything being done online in the internet. People have instant messaging capabilities, email, video-calling and a whole lot more to play with, in terms of communication.

In Sri Lanka, it’s no different. Well, in the developed parts at least. However, even in the most urban city of Colombo, people and other organisations still do send letters / bills via post which generally goes back and forth within three to four days.

3But, in the rural parts of the country, it is an entirely different story altogether. Not only do they live without the digital luxuries – among other hardships they face – even the age old letter system seemed to have abandoned them.

Why do we say this? Because we came across a group of people living in in Rideemaliyadda, who have been anticipating a reply for their letters for over 53 years.

4The people n Rideemaliyadda in have been left disappointed due to the state of the life-threatening bridge that they were forced to cross each day. When News 1st first exposed this issue back in 2007, the governor issued a written promise to rectify the situation.

Nine long years have gone by, and a solution remains elusive…

Disenchanted by their elected officials and other government servants, the people turned 5to Gammadda for help, and we responded…

“I couldn’t sleep in the night. We were waiting for you to arrive today. We couldn’t eat yet. When it rains we have stay on the other side. You will be blessed”, is what a villager said to our team that arrived at the location.

People in the village established a Gammadda Saviya organisation in the area and put forward their requests.

Within a day, we were able to take steps to find a solution to the issue that has plagued these residents for decades…

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