COLOMBO (News 1st) – Gammadda, a Sri Lankan rural development movement set out on its 6th nationwide ‘door-to-door’ field research initiative together with the University of Peradeniya last week. The field research, conducted across all 25 Districts in the island, takes hundreds of Gammadda volunteer teams to some of the most rural, inaccessible villages in Sri Lanka over a period of over a month.
“The initial reports coming back to the Gammadda HQ from our volunteers is very concerning. We knew it was bad, but we are now getting in real numbers and the facts on the ground…”, noted Chevaan Daniel, the Head of The Gammadda Movement.
In just its 5th day of this year’s field research programme, the teams deployed are reporting back a massive increase in poverty amongst communities they have met and interacted with. A loss of income and the rapid rise in the Cost of Living have left many families in dire straits and unable to manage their daily expenses.
“Most children we meet tell us they are hungry…it’s impossible for us to leave them”, said one Gammadda Volunteer who spent the past few days in the Mullaitivu region.
“One of the hardest things to see is the loss of opportunity to young people. They are just at home. This is a terrible thing for the future of our nation” was what another volunteer, who was based in Ratnapura in Central Sri Lanka had to say.
Gammadda conducts an annual ‘door-to-door’ Field Research initiative which it then uses to produce a report that is in turn, is used to select potential rural development and community projects. Gammadda is a 100% Sri Lankan rural development movement that has been recognized globally for its innovative approach to humanitarian action. As part of its philosophy, only projects identified and ratified by its field research are undertaken as projects, which are totally crowd-funded by Sri Lankans locally and living overseas.
Links to reports on Gammadda Door-to-Door Field Research so far: